I can't imagine this will thrill anyone, but apparently Steps' new album (yes, they are still with us!) features a 'new' Benny and Bjorn song: Story Of A Heart! I expect I will give it a listen, but just the once.
The fact that Steps are returning & have covered a Benny & Bjorn Song, is getting them a lot of publicity.
The UK Media seem to think that 'ABBA' have written 'Story Of A Heart' just for Steps. They have no idea that it an old Benny Andersson Band Song, from way back in 2009. (It reached No.83 in the UK Top 100 & No.15 in the UK Air Play Chart. It was compared to ABBA, by several UK DJ's, including BBC Radio 2's Terry Wogan, who was always a big ABBA Fan. He died in January 2016).
Steps seem happy to let the Media think that 'ABBA' wrote the Song for them.
LINK TO 'DAILY MAIL' ARTICLE
ABBA are mentioned - as well as in the Comments below.
'Scared Of The Dark' by Steps is already the UK's Best Selling Download on both iTunes & Amazon.uk. (Their 'Tears On The Dancefloor' Album is at No.6 in the Amazon.uk Downloads Top 100).
It was not anticipated that their 'Comeback' would be this successful. We will see where the Single is, in next Friday's UK Top 40 - W/B 17th March. (It is the first 'Official' Singles Chart that it can appear in).
I think that it is a terrific Single. The 'strings' intro draws the listener in right away, & the change of key, ('In your arms....'), that starts at 2.53, is excellent to - just before the final chorus.
So, that's their 1st 'comeback' Hit Single sorted out. The 2nd is already lined up - 'Story Of A Heart', the Benny & Bjorn song.
People are obviously fed up of Adele & Ed Sheeran taking over the Charts & Radio with Ballads. They want 'Pure' Pop Music back, for a change.
Ok, they are not ABBA, but by today's standards they arguably are close.. well at least it's pure pop.
Steps have just released their video for their latest single, Scared Of The Dark, which in my humble opinion is really quite good. The video is as ever well done, and fairly easy for the Kids to copy dance wise( sorry I can't post video, pretty rubbish at doing that sort of thing, perhaps someone else can?), after all that was what Steps were famous for really a pop tune that the kids could copy and dance to, perhaps we have lost that word recently.... FUN.... for a group over 20 years old, they all look really good, and that's not an ageist comment.
Also read that the album, out end of April is full of " dance upbeat tracks" no ballads... it's going to be interesting to see how they do Story Of A Heart, the next single... which really is a type of ballad....
it looks as if Story Of A Heart will NOT be the next single release after all, its going to be as quoted by their fan site...
' To whet your appetites until then, we've just released another taste of the album,You Make Me Whole, the second track on the record.'
unless this is just a album track , we will see.
Graham - 'Scared Of The Dark' & 'Story Of A Heart' are the only 2 Tracks on the Steps Album with 2 versions. In the case of 'Story Of A Heart', the 2nd version is called the Radio Mix. Therefore it is certain that the Benny & Bjorn Song will be a Steps Single. Most likely the 2nd Single off their Album.
Steps have made a huge fuss about recording the 'ABBA' Song, & it got them a great deal of UK Media attention. They would look very silly, if they then left it stuck on their new Album, when they have hyped it up so much.
It is quite common now for Acts to release an Album Track, that is not really a Single. Ed Sheeran does that a lot. That's what Steps have done with 'You Make Me Whole'.
I am surprised that Steps are releasing their new Album in the USA. They never meant much at all there. They only Charted there twice. No.79 with 'Step One', their 1st Album, in 1998, and No.38, in the USA Dance Chart, with their 1998 UK No.2 Hit, 'One For Sorrow'. (So they never had any USA Hot 100 Singles Hits at all. ABBA had 20).
Tears On The Dancefloor -- Steps -- (Track List)
01... "Scared of the Dark" -- 3:46
02... "You Make Me Whole" -- 3:42
03... "Story of a Heart" -- 4:16
04... "Happy" -- 3:37
05... "No More Tears on the Dancefloor" -- 3:47
06... "Firefly" -- 3:26
07... "Space Between Us" -- 4:16
08... "Glitter & Gold" -- 3:36
09... "Neon Blue" -- 3:26
10... "I Will Love Again" -- 3:44
11... "Scared of the Dark" (Wideboys in the Shadows Vocal Mix) -- 3:45
12... "Story of a Heart" (7th Heaven Radio Mix) -- 3:33