Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA)

Swedish singer Agnetha Faltskog was bjorn 5 April 1950. She found fame as a member of Swedish pop group ABBA. Formed in Stockholm in 1972, ABBA comprised of Agnetha Faltskog, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. ABBA being an acronym of the first letters of the bjand members’. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of pop music, topping the charts worldwide from 1972 to 1982. They are also known for winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Waterloo”, giving Sweden its first victory in the history of the contest and being the most successful group ever to take part in the contest.ABBA have sold over 370 million records worldwide and still sells millions of records a year, which makes them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. ABBA were the first pop group to come from a non-English-speaking country that enjoyed consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries, including the UK, Ireland, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

ABBA enjoyed significant success in Latin American markets, and recorded a collection of their hit songs in Spanish. During the band’s active years, Fältskog and Ulvaeus were a married couple, as were Lyngstad and Andersson, although both couples later divorced. At the height of their popularity, both relationships were suffering strain which ultimately resulted in the collapse of the Ulvaeus-Fältskog marriage in 1979 and the Andersson-Lyngstad marriage in 1981. These relationship changes were reflected in the group’s music, with later compositions including more introspective lyrics.After ABBA broke up in late 1982, Andersson and Ulvaeus achieved success writing music for the stage while Lyngstad and Fältskog pursued solo careers with mixed success.

At the end of 1982, Fältskog duetted with Swedish singer (and former ABBA backing vocalist) Tomas Ledin on a song called “Never Again”, the song was also released in a Spanish-language version, entitled “Ya Nunca Más”. In the summer of the same year, Fältskog had a leading role in the hit Swedish movie Raskenstam. In May 1983, Fältskog released her first post-ABBA solo album, Wrap Your Arms Around Me Containing the singles “The Heat Is On” and “Can’t Shake Loose” and Fältskog was voted by the readers of Aftonbladet as Best Female Artist of the Year in the Rockbjörnen music awards. Fältskog’s next studio album, Eyes of a Woman, produced by Eric Stewart of 10cc, was released in March 1985 And contained the single “I Won’t Let You Go”.In 1986, Fältskog recorded another duet, “The Way You Are”, with Swedish singer Ola Håkansson. In early 1987, Agnetha recorded an album “Kom folj med I var karusell” (‘Come ride with me on my carousell’) with her son Christian. The album contained songs for children and was sung in Swedish. For the album Agnetha recorded duets with her son and with a choir of children. She also recorded a few solo songs including The single ‘Pa Sondag’ . In the summer of 1987,

Fältskog recorded her fourth solo album (after ABBA), I Stand Alone, produced by Peter Cetera (formerly of the band Chicago) and Bruce Gaitsch, who had collaborated on Madonna’s La Isla Bonita. Containing the single, “I Wasn’t the One (Who Said Goodbye)”, on which Fältskog duetted with Peter Cetera. Two tracks were also recorded in Spanish for the Latin American market; “La Ultima Véz” (“The Last Time”) and “Yo No Fui Quién Dijo Adiós” (“I Wasn’t the One (Who Said Goodbye)” In 1996, her autobiography Som jag är was published in Swedish (and in English the following year titled As I Am), followed by several compilation CDs of her Swedish and English recordings, including one called My Love, My Life for which Fältskog picked out the music herself. The book was updated in 1998 and released worldwide.

In April 2004, Fältskog released a new single, “If I Thought You’d Ever Change Your Mind” (a cover of the song originally recorded by Cilla Black). Followed by the album My Colouring Book, a collection of Fältskog’s covers of 1960s classic oldies Like “Sealed with a Kiss”,And, “When You Walk in the Room”and “Sometimes When I’m Dreaming”.In 2004, Fältskog was nominated for Best Nordic Artist at the Nordic Music Awards, and released lavishly produced 6-CD boxed set comprising Fältskog’s Swedish solo career, mostly before ABBA, with five original solo albums: 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, and her 1975 album recorded and released during her time with ABBA) – plus an additional compilation disc with bonus tracks. In January 2007, Fältskog appeared at the final performance of Mamma Mia! in Stockholm (as she had at its opening in 2005). She also sang a duet, “True Love”, with Tommy Körberg of Chess. In October 2008, a new compilation album, My Very Best, was released in Sweden. The double CD contains both Swedish (CD 1) and English-language hits (CD 2) from her whole solo career, from 1967 to 2004. On 4 July 2008, Fältskog joined former colleagues Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Björn Ulvaeus, and Benny Andersson at the Swedish premiere of the film version of Mamma Mia!.

In January 2009, Fältskog appeared onstage together with Lyngstad at the Swedish Rockbjörnen Awards to receive a lifetime honorary award for ABBA, and in February 2010, ABBA World, an extensive exhibition, debuted at London’s Earls Court For which she recorded a light-hearted opening film together with former ABBA colleague Benny Andersson. In May 2013 ), Fältskog released a new album called “A” Containing the single “When You Really Loved Someone,” The One Who Loves You Now” dance your PainAway and included a duet with Gary Barlow of Take That, called “I Should’ve Followed You Home” A’ has earned Agnetha 3 Gold Records in UK, Australia and Germany, and Platinum in Sweden., Fältskog was awarded the SKAP 2013 Kai Gullmar Memorial Award at the Stockholm release party for “A”.On 12 November 2013 Fältskog sang live on stage for the first time in 25 years at the BBC Children in Need Rocks concert in London; she sang a duet with Gary Barlow, the organiser of the event. On 18 November 2013 in order to promote the song, a video for “I Should’ve Followed You Home”. ABBA’s popularity was revived by several films, notably Muriel’s Wedding, Mamma Mia and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, spawning several tribute bjands. In 1999, ABBA’s music was adapted into the successful musical Mamma Mia! that toured worldwide. A film of the same name released in 2008 became the highest-grossing film in the United Kingdom that year. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 15 March 2010

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