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Why ABBA Turned Down $1 Billion To Reunite In 2000
Business Insider ^ | 07/09/2014 | Frank Pallotta

Posted on 07/09/2014 11:09:57 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Swedish pop group ABBA is responsible for hit songs like "Dancing Queen," "Mamma Mia," and "Money, Money, Money." Made up of two sets of then couples — Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad — ABBA has sold over 380 million albums and singles worldwide and is the third-best-selling group of all time, behind the Beatles and Queen and ahead of the Rolling Stones.

But in 1979, at the height of their success, Fältskog and Ulvaeus divorced while Lyngstad and Andersson called it quits soon after in 1981. By 1982, the group was broken up.

In 2000, amid a revival of several of their hits, a American-British consortium offered the group $1 billion to reunite for 100 shows, but they declined the offer, according to E! Online. To put that into perspective, the group was offered more than the value of 25 different Major League Baseball teams and the GDPs of some countries. That's potentially $250 million that each member of the group refused.

"It's a hell of a lot of money to say no to, but we decided it wasn't for us," Andersson told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet in 2000.

Andersson and bandmate Bjorn Ulvaeus both argue that popular reincarnations of their songs (many by teen group S Club 7) have been successful because the group never reunited.

"We have never made a comeback," Ulvaeus told the paper. "Almost everyone else has. I think there's a message in that."

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Music/Entertainment; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: abba; music; reunion; stih

1 posted on 07/09/2014 11:09:57 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

“Can you hear the drums, Fernando?...”


2 posted on 07/09/2014 11:13:27 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not sure about the women...but Andersson and Ulvaeus wrote all the ABBA songs, and made tons of money off royalties, including the Mamma Mia play and movie.


3 posted on 07/09/2014 11:13:49 AM PDT by DisorderOnBorder (Haley Barbour rather work for drug cartels than Americans)
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To: SeekAndFind

Agnetha Fältskog, after many years of not being in the public eye, released a new album called “A”. In the UK, the first single “When You Really Loved Someone”

Listen to it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-Jdw9utrfU


4 posted on 07/09/2014 11:15:22 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: camle

Agnetha Fältskog, after many years of not being in the public eye, released a new album called “A”. In the UK, the first single “When You Really Loved Someone”

Listen to it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-Jdw9utrfU


5 posted on 07/09/2014 11:15:40 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
They did several entertaining things...things that I truly enjoyed.I never mistook their work for Dylan,however...and I sincerely hope that they never expected to be mistaken for Dylan.

And yes...I'm a 100% hetero guy (and always have been).

6 posted on 07/09/2014 11:18:56 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: SeekAndFind
The perfect name for an ABBA cover group would be The Umlauts.
7 posted on 07/09/2014 11:25:12 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

That’s hilarious.


8 posted on 07/09/2014 11:28:23 AM PDT by Ancient Man
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To: SeekAndFind

I may be old fashioned but I’ll take ABBA over The Beatles, Queen, Rolling Stone, Lady Gaga, Pink, Beyonce, U2, ...


9 posted on 07/09/2014 11:28:51 AM PDT by InterceptPoint (Remember Mississippi)
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To: InterceptPoint

bump


10 posted on 07/09/2014 11:30:57 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: SeekAndFind

They dressed funny but the women could sing beautifully.

Two of many crazy outfits:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IzNOPiBCntI/UNMbdE7KcSI/AAAAAAAAAC0/Pw2tKNVqh5Y/s1600/abba.jpg

https://static-secure.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/2/16/1392577451376/Abba-014.jpg


11 posted on 07/09/2014 11:32:45 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: minnesota_bound

Crazy outfits?

Back in ‘78 or so, they seemed perfectly normal costume for a disco/pop group.

Maybe you just had to be there ...

And yeah ... I liked the music. Bright and cheerful, at a time when I needed bright and cheerful.


12 posted on 07/09/2014 11:36:56 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: minnesota_bound

It was the tax code. Regular shirts and pants would be taxed.


13 posted on 07/09/2014 11:39:33 AM PDT by Domangart (Tho I walk Through the valley of Wall Mart, I fear no man.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m doomed. She caught my eye at 1:10:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OOrleE6wfc&feature=kp


14 posted on 07/09/2014 11:49:54 AM PDT by JohnnyP
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To: Domangart

Right, they found out they could write off “theatrical costumes” so that is all they wore on stage.


15 posted on 07/09/2014 11:51:49 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: SeekAndFind

Let me guess. They got a better offer not to reunite.


16 posted on 07/09/2014 11:57:56 AM PDT by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: SeekAndFind

110% tax rate?


17 posted on 07/09/2014 12:04:26 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (HELL, NO! BE UNGOVERNABLE! --- ISLAM DELENDA EST)
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To: william clark

Perhaps more like lingering hard feelings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcS4vBisJLo (Frida “nudges” Agnetha)

Towards the end, begin 2:40 for those that want the incident, and skip most of the song and on-screen comments


18 posted on 07/09/2014 12:12:52 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: william clark

Maybe one of them is pulling a David Byrne?


19 posted on 07/09/2014 12:15:06 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: DisorderOnBorder

They were also responsible for the beautiful music of the play “Chess.”


20 posted on 07/09/2014 12:22:35 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Calvin Locke

Several pics of Agnetha and Benny:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI8AhEizzb8

She may have been happier with him.


21 posted on 07/09/2014 12:30:06 PM PDT by JohnnyP
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To: Calvin Locke
Maybe one of them is pulling a David Byrne?

Or Mike Nesmith?

22 posted on 07/09/2014 12:39:11 PM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: SeekAndFind

You have to give them credit for both common sense and good taste.

And while their music wasn’t particularly spectacular as music, there are a lot of superlative musicians out there who after retirement could found entire schools of music, that out of hundreds of students might produce a dozen who themselves are superlative, and a hundred who are noteworthy.


23 posted on 07/09/2014 12:47:11 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: SeekAndFind

“We have never made a comeback,” Ulvaeus told the paper. “Almost everyone else has. I think there’s a message in that.”

Uhhhh yeah. You missed the boat and made a decision you are trying justify with some weird artistic relativism.

Really, you shouldn’t even be doing interviews.


24 posted on 07/09/2014 12:58:12 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: TangoLimaSierra
Or Mike Nesmith?

Well, Nesmith went on to do other things, including working with people that were real musicians.

Can't really blame him for not wanting to return to that "image", especially when he goes down to his AFM local's favorite watering hole...

25 posted on 07/09/2014 1:25:12 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Gay State Conservative

They did several entertaining things...things that I truly enjoyed.I never mistook their work for Dylan,however...and I sincerely hope that they never expected to be mistaken for Dylan.
And yes...I’m a 100% hetero guy (and always have been).

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We have to be very close in age. But I think I might have you by a couple of years, as we were the anti-disco kids.

ABBA might as well have been the beegees. No sale.

Dylan, on the other hand ...


26 posted on 07/09/2014 2:25:55 PM PDT by dmz
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To: SeekAndFind

Some people just don’t care about money on some fundamental level.


27 posted on 07/09/2014 6:20:30 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Wikipedia is wrong. who knew?)
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