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ABBA Reunion: Swedish Pop Group Back 40 Years After 'Waterloo'?

Image: ABBA Reunion: Swedish Pop Group Back 40 Years After 'Waterloo'? Bjoern Ulvaeus, member of the legendary Swedish pop group ABBA.

Wednesday, 13 Nov 2013 06:21 AM

By David Ogul

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A worldwide buzz is growing over the possibility that Swedish pop supergroup ABBA is contemplating a reunion to celebrate the quartet’s 1974 breakthrough hit, "Waterloo."

“Of course it is something we’re thinking about,” former ABBA singer Agnetha Faltskog was quoted as saying in the German weekly Welt am Sonntag. “There seem to be plans to do something to mark this anniversary in some way. But I can’t say at this point what will come of them.”

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ABBA has sold more than 380 million records worldwide.

“At one point, the group was second only to Volvo automobiles as Sweden’s biggest global export,” wrote George Varga, U-T San Diego music critic. “Such ABBA hits as 'Dancing Queen,' 'S.O.S.' and 'Fernando' continue to be played in nightclubs around the world. The ABBA musical 'Mama Mia!' has been an international hit for the past decade and inspired the hit movie of the same name, which starred Meryl Streep.”

Some fans on Twitter were ecstatic over the possibility of a 40th anniversary tour:

Others? Not so much:

ABBA formed in 1972 after Faltskog met guitarist and songwriter Bjorn Ulvaeus, whom she later married (and divorced), and Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad (who also married and later divorced). "Waterloo" won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, and the group was rocketed to worldwide fame.

The band never officially broke up, but they haven’t put out an album in more than 30 years. The group has consistently resisted calls for a reunion tour.

The four last got together for the Swedish premiere of "Mamma Mia!" in 2006. ABC News reported that Ulvaeus and Andersson at the time had no desire to regroup. “We would like people to remember us as we were, young, exuberant and full of ambition,” Ulvaeus said.

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