Skip to comments.Why ABBA Turned Down $1 Billion To Reunite In 2000
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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“Can you hear the drums, Fernando?...”
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.
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:
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:
And yes...I'm a 100% hetero guy (and always have been).
I may be old fashioned but I’ll take ABBA over The Beatles, Queen, Rolling Stone, Lady Gaga, Pink, Beyonce, U2, ...
They dressed funny but the women could sing beautifully.
Two of many 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.
It was the tax code. Regular shirts and pants would be taxed.
I’m doomed. She caught my eye at 1:10:
Right, they found out they could write off “theatrical costumes” so that is all they wore on stage.
Let me guess. They got a better offer not to reunite.
110% tax rate?
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
Maybe one of them is pulling a David Byrne?
They were also responsible for the beautiful music of the play “Chess.”
Several pics of Agnetha and Benny:
She may have been happier with him.
Or Mike Nesmith?
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.
“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.
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...
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).
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 ...
Some people just don’t care about money on some fundamental level.