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The 20 best songs of 2021

We celebrate everything from Lil Nas X’s conservative-baiting Montero to Wet Leg’s instant indie classic – as voted for by 31 of the Guardian’s music writers Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Hip-hop, Punk, Indie, Dance music, Bruno Mars, R&B, Electronic Music, Abba, Self Esteem, Bts, The Weeknd, Little Simz

Grammys CEO Addresses Marilyn Manson, Louis CK Nominations: “We Won’t Look Back At People’s History”

Yesterday, the Recording Academy unveiled the nominations for next year’s Grammys. They were weird, in the way that Grammy nominations are always weird. ABBA and Sun Ra Arkestra were nominated for the first time ever. Taylor Swift and Kanye West are up against each other for Album Of The Year. Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste somehow led the field with 11 nominations. But people noted two nominees in particular: Marilyn Manson and Louis CK.
Tags: Music, News, Kanye West, Abba, Grammys, Marilyn Manson, Recording Academy, Jon Batiste, Harvey Mason Jr, Sun Ra Arkestra, Louis C.K, Marilyn Manson Louis CK Nominations

Grammy Nominations 2022: Surprises, Snubs, & More Takeaways

The Recording Academy continues to exist within its own strange dimension, one in which Jon Batiste is the center of the musical universe and the second Lady Gaga/Tony Bennett jazz duets album was one of the landmark popular music events of 2021. You have to hand it to them for the consistency, at least: So many extremely Grammys-esque artists were showered with nominations today in preparation for the Jan. 31 ceremony at, uh, Arena. Some of them, like Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber a...
Tags: Music, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Lorde, Foo Fighters, Nas, Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Paul Mccartney, AC/DC, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Drake

ABBA, Selena Gomez, Low, Japanese Breakfast, & Sun Ra Arkestra Among First-Time Grammy Nominees

The 2022 Grammy nominations are here and there are quite a few artists up for a Grammy award for the first time ever.
Tags: Music, News, Selena Gomez, Abba, Nico Muhly, Low, Murray, Gang Of Four, Valerie June, Japanese Breakfast, Griff, Snoh Aalegra, Bo Burnham, Olivia Rodrigo, Sun Ra Arkestra, Black Coffee

With Silk Sonic, Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak Set Their Time Machine To ’70s Funk & Soul

Bruno Mars is a pastiche artist. That’s just who he is. He is very good at it, too — a born entertainer, a gifted songwriter, a master of period detail rivaling any Hollywood professional. Over the past decade, Mars has carved out a space as mainstream pop’s official retro ambassador. You are not ever going to find him pushing music forward, but he can be counted on to show up every couple years with expert facsimiles of bygone genres, overtly fun and catchy music bound to get wedding dance floo...
Tags: Music, Hollywood, Taylor Swift, Lorde, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Mcdonald's, Harry Styles, Starbucks, Mars, Abba, Mariah Carey, Avril Lavigne, Anderson, The Weeknd

Abba: Voyage review – full-on and frothy

(Polydor)The return of the Swedish super troupers has plenty of bittersweet erudition, plus a good dollop of mass-market cheeseNearly 40 years after their break-up, Abba’s reunion album upholds the contradictory legacy of the very first Swedish pop powerhouse. Half of this record finds hatchet-burying divorcés Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus returning as titans of emotionally literate pop. There are songs here with a cinematographic grasp of gesture all...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Abba, Stockholm, Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Ulvaeus, Anni Frid Lyngstad Agnetha Fältskog

Voyage: Abba releases first album in 40 years

Already at #1 on iTunes in every country it does business is Voyage, Abba's first album in 40 years. It sounds like it was recorded in 1982 and that's exactly the way everyone likes it. Writes Pitchfork: "the Swedish pop titans attempt the seemingly impossible: balancing the lure of nostalgia with the pull of the present day. — Read the rest
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Stream ABBA’s Voyage, Their First New Album In 40 Years

Swedish pop giants ABBA have returned with their first new album in 40 years, Voyage. An ABBA reunion has been in the cards since at least 2018, when the group revealed that they had gotten together to record two new songs. Last year they announced that whatever plans they had were put on hold due to the pandemic.
Tags: Music, Abba, New Music

Abba pause show’s promotion after two die at tribute concert

Man aged 80 fell or jumped seven storeys to his death, striking another attendeeSwedish pop group Abba have postponed the promotion of an upcoming show for 24 hours, after two people died in a dramatic fall at a tribute concert.On Tuesday night, an 80-year-old man fell or jumped seven storeys to his death at a concert hall in Uppsala, north of Stockholm, in a presumed accident, striking another attendee. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Music, Sweden, World news, Culture, Abba, Stockholm, Uppsala

Abba on their extraordinary reunion: ‘We are confronted by our younger selves all the time’

Here we go again! After nearly 40 years, Benny, Björn, Agnetha and Anni-Frid are back together. We get the inside story of the greatest reunion in popIt started with a mysterious image on billboards all over the world (and the internet). The sun rising above four dark planets; the only words Abba: Voyage. By the time an announcement was made on 2 September, it had fair claim to call itself the most anticipated comeback in pop history.And the details exceeded expectations. Not only was there a ne...
Tags: Music, London, Culture, Pop and rock, Abba, Eurovision, Anni Frid, Benny Björn Agnetha

World exclusive: Super troupers! Abba on fame, stress, ageing backwards – and why they've returned to rescue 2021

World exclusive: Here we go again! After nearly 40 years, Benny, Björn, Agnetha and Anni-Frid are back together. We get the inside story of the greatest reunion in popIt started with a mysterious image on billboards all over the world (and the internet). The sun rising above four dark planets; the only words Abba: Voyage. By the time an announcement was made on 2 September, it had fair claim to call itself the most anticipated comeback in pop history.And the details exceeded expectations. Not on...
Tags: Music, London, Culture, Pop and rock, Abba, Eurovision, Anni Frid, Benny Björn Agnetha

ABBA – “Just A Notion”

Last month, Swedish pop legends ABBA announced their first album in 40 years, Voyage, and shared from it, “I Still Have Faith In You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down.” Voyage is due out next week, and before that ABBA are sharing one more single, “Just A Notion,” which they first teased on TikTok earlier this week.
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KLF assert justified and ancient copyright claim to block documentary

Duo’s music publisher attempts to prevent release of unauthorised film Who Killed the KLF?When the KLF released their first album, it used so many unauthorised samples of copyrighted music that ABBA threatened legal action, forcing the duo to withdraw the record from sale and dump unsold copies of 1987: What the Fuck is Going On? in the North Sea.Three decades later the pair – AKA the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu, or more plainly Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty – find themselves on the other side o...
Tags: Music, Film, UK News, Culture, Bill Drummond, Abba, Music Documentary, KLF, Jimmy Cauty, The KLF, North Sea Three

FOX’s CGI Singing Contest Alter Ego Forges Boldly Into A Ridiculous Future

Who needs live music, anyway? ABBA’s going on tour in . Travis Scott brought Astroworld into Fortnite. Artists keep offering “virtual experiences,” livestreams, and festivals over screens — maybe in-person performance is passé in pandemic times.
Tags: Music, Fox, Grimes, Abba, Travis Scott, Alanis Morissette, Nick Lachey, TV Review,, Rocsi Diaz, Alter Ego, Astroworld, Fortnite Artists

‘An enormous cultural moment’: readers respond to Abba’s return

Our readers share their reactions to the return of the pop legends after four decades Related: Abba singles race to top of streaming charts in comeback triumph Continue reading...
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Abba singles race to top of streaming charts in comeback triumph

Swedish pop band shows cross-generational appeal amassing 5.5m likes on TikTok since 1 SeptemberTwo singles released from Abba’s first album in 40 years have raced to the top of the streaming charts, in a comeback that has generated praise and excitement among fans who remember the original releases and a new younger audience.The first two singles from Abba’s forthcoming album, to be released on 5 November, were in first and third place on YouTube’s trending rankings in 12 countries on Friday, i...
Tags: Music, UK, Technology, Youtube, UK News, Culture, Britain, Abba, Tiktok

ABBA Set to Release Their First Album in 40 Years: Hear Two New Tracks, and Get a Glimpse of Their Digital Live Show

45 years ago, ABBA’s music was inescapable. 25 years ago, it had become a seemingly unwelcome reminder of the inanities of the 1970s in general and the days of disco in particular. But now, it’s revered: rare is the 21st-century music critic who absolutely refuses to acknowledge the Swedish foursome’s mastery of pure pop songwriting and studio production. With current musicians, too, naming ABBA among their inspirations without embarrassment, the time has surely come for ABBA themselves ...
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Abba’s new songs reviewed: a perky, moving return to pop’s highest peaks

It is so powerful to hear Agnetha and Anni-Frid singing I Still Have Faith In You together after 40 years – and the slinky, cheeky Don’t Shut Me Down is even betterAbba Voyage is probably just going to be a cruise, I thought. Only in my dreams did I think it would be a new song. Then at 6pm came the news: a whole new album, with two tracks released at once to herald its arrival.Heralding this pop miracle are I Still Have Faith In You (★★★★) and Don’t Shut Me Down (★★★★★), two songs precision-hon...
Tags: Music, Culture, Pop and rock, Abba, Anni Frid, Agnetha

Abba reunite for Voyage, first new album in 40 years

Swedish hitmakers to release album of brand new material in November, and digital avatars will appear in London concert residency in 2022One of the most anticipated comebacks in pop culture has finally come to pass: the return of Abba.Forty years after the bitter songs written in the wake of two band divorces for their last album, 1981’s The Visitors, the Swedish pop quartet have reunited for Voyage, an album of brand new songs that will be released on 5 November. Two tracks from it, I Still Hav...
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ABBA Announce Reunion Album Voyage & Share Two New Songs, Their First In 39 Years

ABBA, the globally beloved Swedish pop titans, basically broke up in 1982, though they never officially announced it. They released The Visitors, their last album, in 1981, and they spent decades denying any speculation that they’d ever get back together. But now it’s happening. ABBA’s reunion has been in the works for a long time now. Back in 2018, the members of ABBA announced that they had gotten back together and recorded two new songs. But those songs didn’t arrive, and last year, the pande...
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How ABBA Won Eurovision and Became International Pop Stars (1974)

Eurovision, the flashy original song contest that captivates Europeans, tends to get roundly mocked in the U.S., where we choose our stars by having them sing other people’s songs on TV in ridiculous costumes. Nonetheless, Americans have fallen in love with many a contest winner, and that’s no more true than in the case of ABBA, the Swedish pop-disco juggernaut who broke through to international stardom when they won in 1974 with “Waterloo,” chosen twice as the greatest song in the compe...
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Netflix docuseries ‘This Is Pop’ explores the making of music from Abba to Zapp

When the creators of the new Netflix series “This Is Pop” began thinking about how to tell the story of pop music in an eight-episode docuseries, they looked first to the model of their ongoing series “Hip-Hop Evolution,” which last year finished its fourth season on the same streaming network. That series traced the development of rap and hip-hop from a now-legendary party in the Bronx in 1973 where DJ Kool Herc set in motion a series of events that would lead to the genre and its many offshoot...
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Meet the Inventor of Karaoke, Daisuke Inoue, Who Wanted to “Teach the World to Sing”

Daisuke Inoue has been honored with a rare, indeed almost certainly unique combination of laurels. In 1999, Time magazine named him among the “Most Influential Asians of the Century.” Five years later he won an Ig Nobel Prize, which honors particularly strange and risible developments in science, technology, and culture. Inoue had come up with the device that made his name decades earlier, in the early 1970s, but its influence has proven enduring still today. It is he whom history now credits w...
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BBC Radio 2 reveals UK’s favourite Eurovision song

ABBA’s Waterloo has been revealed as the UK public’s favourite Eurovision song following an online vote by Radio 2. Making Your Mind Up by Bucks Fizz came in second, Love Shine a Light by Katrina and the Waves came third, with Brotherhood of Man’s Save Your Kisses for Me in fourth, and Sandie Shaw with Puppet on a String coming fifth. Voters were asked to select between three and fifteen of their favourite Eurovision songs from the last 65 years with the results being compiled for a special s...
Tags: Music, UK, Israel, Bbc, Radio, United Kingdom, Abba, Waterloo, Rotterdam, BBC Radio, Sandie Shaw, Gina, Michael Ball, Ken Bruce, Station News, BBC Radio 2

Songwriters Are Getting Screwed By Streaming Too

Last month, Midia Research, which specializes in music and digital media, released a study, “Rebalancing the Song Economy,” that was commissioned by Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus. It includes some surprising findings — in a survey, twice as many streaming users said a song mattered more to them than the artist who performed it, rather than the opposite — and sounds an alarm about the need to reform the economics of streaming to better support songwriters. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Abba, Björn Ulvaeus, Midia Research, 05.08.21

Today’s pop industry cheats songwriters | Björn Ulvaeus

It’s the song, not the album, that rules modern pop – but payment for writers is dysfunctional at best. We urgently need a new modelIn 1973, Abba were invited to submit a song as Sweden’s entry to the Eurovision song contest. We had a perfect song: it was called Hasta Mañana. It was a ballad, it was catchy, it sounded like the kind of thing that did well in the Eurovision song contest. So we didn’t enter it. We chose Waterloo instead, which sounded like nothing we had ever heard at Eurovision be...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Sweden, Music Industry, Culture, Pop and rock, Digital music and audio, Abba, Waterloo, Björn Ulvaeus

Listen to ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” Played on a 1914 Fairground Organ

To truly appreciate the spectacle of ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” played on a 1914 Hooghuys fairground organ, we recommend you read Angus Harrison’s 2016 VICE essay, “Why Abba’s ‘Dancing Queen’ Is the Saddest Record Ever Made“: Make no mistake. This song is about the dancing queen, but it is most definitely not sung by her. Herein lies the tragedy. Our narrator has realized that she is no longer the Dancing Queen. She is no longer young, no longer sweet, no longer 17. Now, instead, she watches...
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The Royal Albert Hall at 150: 'It's the Holy Grail for musicians'

It’s hosted opera greats, suffragette rallies, Hitchcock films, sports events, sci-fi conventions – and, of course, the Proms and countless rock gigs. Artists from Led Zeppelin to Abba recall their moments on the hallowed stageThe Royal Albert Hall is 150 years old today (and the Guardian was there to see it opened by Queen Victoria). With a design based on a Roman amphitheatre, stacked balconies pack the audience close to the action – and at a capacity touching 6,000, the number of visitors ent...
Tags: Music, London, The Who, Culture, Pop and rock, Ozzy Osbourne, Heritage, Classical Music, Jazz, Fleetwood Mac, Folk Music, Muse, Opera, Shirley Bassey, Abba, Led Zeppelin

Caroline Shaw: what next for the Pulitzer-winner who toured with Kanye? Opera – and Abba

She has scored films, played with rappers, starred in a TV comedy, and performed for the dying. As the classical sensation releases three new works, she talks about the shock of playing arenas – and making the leap into operaWhen Caroline Shaw became, at the age of 30, the youngest ever winner of the Pulitzer prize for music, she described herself as “a musician who wrote music” rather than as “a composer”. Partita, her winning score, is a joyful rollercoaster of a work, encompassing song, speec...
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