So far, just about every major Actor in the first 'Mamma Mia!' Film has been signed up for the 2nd.
It is now clear that the 2nd Film will both be a Prequel & a Sequel. They will focus on how the 1st Film Actors are faring 10 Years later. Just as there will be a lot of 'Flashbacks' to show events that happened long before the 1st Film. Which means that in the Flashbacks, Donna//Meryl Streep etc. will be played by much younger Actors.
The young Donna//Meryl will be played by Lily James, who was in the Films 'Cinderella' & 'Baby Driver' & also in the TV Series 'Downton Abbey'.
I don't know how many 'new' ABBA Songs will be used in the 2nd Film, but Benny & Bjorn feel that some of the Songs from the 2008 Film should be used again. So we are sure to get 'Mamma Mia', as that is named in the Title of Film 2. No doubt we will also get 'Dancing Queen' again, as it is regarded as such a 'Classic'.
As long as Benny & Bjorn realise, that the more Songs from Film 1, that they re-use, the less room there is for ABBA Songs that were not used before. It also means that the Soundtrack Album will have some Tracks on it that over 5 Million people have already bought on the 2008 Soundtrack. They really will have to be careful not to put people off wanting to buy the Soundtrack to Film 2. It is not as if ABBA dont have far more good Songs to use, that were left out of Film 1. (5 Million Sales is what One Direction Albums sold at their most popular - and they were called 'The New Beatles'. So, it is impressive that the 'Mamma Mia!' Soundtrack sold over 5 Million).
To make room for fresh ABBA Songs, I'm hoping that only 2 or 3 Songs from Film 1 are in Film 2. Benny & Bjorn really do have far more decent ABBA Songs, than they seem to think. When the 1st Film came out, many people heard 'Our Last Summer' & 'Slipping Through My Fingers' for the 1st time - and they liked them. The trouble is that only ABBA's biggest Hit Singles are well known, so a great many people do not know how good a lot of their Album Tracks were. The 1st Film gave non-ABBA Fans the chance to hear a few Album Tracks & I'm hoping that some of those ABBA Songs will also be in Film 2 - rather than everything being based on old ABBA Singles.....
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Apparently, only Frida & Bjorn are keen on the idea.
However, the organizers of the 'Exhibition' say that all 4 ABBA Members are enthusiastic about it.
'The Sun On Sunday' also thinks, (like many others), that ABBA plan to reform in 2018. They have misunderstood the idea about the ABBA 'Hologram'//'Technological Innovation', (whatever it is), & think that it means we will see the 4 Human Beings, from ABBA, on Tour again. ABBA said no such thing & this is what happens when the Media get silly ideas into their 'heads'.....
In the meantime, Michael Hann, of 'The Guardian', has done an Article about the ABBA 'Exhibition'. He says that it is be about how ABBA cheered Britain up in the 1970's, when everything seemed so dull & gloomy.
Such a claim just sets ABBA up for criticism - by the many people who dislike them. As can be seen in several of the 471 Readers Comments, beneath the Article.
ABBA in the latest UK Album Chart -- W/E 13th July 2017
Due to the release of the Double Gold Vinyl Album, 'ABBA Gold' has re-entered the UK Top 75 at No.57.
It sold around 1,850 copies to do so.
It is its 526th Top 75 Week & 792nd Top 100 Week.
Its 792 Top 100 Weeks are the most by any Album.
Its 526 Top 75 Weeks are 2nd only to 'Legend' by Bob Marley & The Wailers. That 1984 Album has 536 Top 75 Weeks, & it is at No.31 in the latest UK Album Chart. (It has 780 Top 100 Weeks. The OCC say 779 Top 100 Weeks).
'Greatest Hits' by Queen has the 3rd most UK Top 75 Weeks - 516, although it should really be 517, as The OCC misses a Week in 1982. It has 780 Top 100 Weeks - according to The OCC. Which is the same as 'Legend'. It really has 781 Top 100 Weeks, due to the Week that the OCC miss out, in 1982.
Today, this ABBA News has been put on The Official UK Chart Company's Site. (The OCC Site). Jack White is relatively 'new' there. With this 'Exhibition', the ABBA 'Hologram'(?) Show, due in 2018, and July 2018's 'Mamma Mia - Here I Go Again' Film, it is obvious that several Countries are going to have yet another big 'ABBA Revival' during the next 18 Months - and beyond. With the UK - as always - being one of the most enthusiastic. 'ABBA Gold' has not been in the UK Top 100 for 2 Weeks, but in today's Mid Week Chart, it is back in at No.44 - due mainly to UK Sales of the Gold coloured double Vinyl Album. That is for UK Sales from Friday to Sunday - inclusive.....('ABBA Gold' had a Global & European iTunes 'Revival' in June. It reached No.11 in the World's iTunes Albums and No.7 in Europe's iTunes Albums).
An ABBA exhibition called Super Troupers is coming to London later this year
"We are so excited that the exhibition is just a few short steps away from Waterloo.”
By Jack White
Get your platform boots at the ready! A new ABBA exhibition is coming to London later this year.
Taking place at the Southbank Centre from December 14, 2017 to April 29, 2018, Super Troupers will walk fans through various eras of ABBA's career, recreating iconic places in the Swedish band's very famous history.
Each exhibit space will feature actual artefacts and momentos used by ABBA's Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha and Frida, many of which are borrowed from the ABBA museum in Stockholm. The night that they won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 will be recreated, as will their Brighton Grand hotel suite that they stayed in.
A 70s disco and ABBA's recording studio will act as other areas in the exhibition to tell the band's story, while unseen sketches, iconic costumes and instruments will bring fans closer to ABBA than ever before.
MORE: Look back at ABBA's complete chart history in the UK, including 26 Top 40 singles
Gary - I've discussed why Elvis has 21 UK No.1's with various 'Chart Experts'.
He's had 18 Songs reaching No.1 in the UK, but 21 No.1 Hits.
It is because his 19th, 20th & 21st No.1's, in 2005, had a Bonus Track added to the 'B' Side. They each had the same 'B' Side, that they had, when they first reached No.1, but a 2nd 'B' Side was added to each. They also had new Catalogue Numbers. Due to this, it was decided that they were 'new' Elvis No.1's & not just 3 of his old No.1's returning there.
It is all very controversial, as he'd have 18 No.1's, if the 3 in 2005 were not counted twice. It annoys Beatles Fans, as they have 17 UK No.1 Singles, but they would have 18, if the 'Record Retailer' Chart had not been chosen, (by Guinness Books), for the UK Charts of the 1960's. 'Record Retailer' had 'Please Please Me', (1963), as a No.2 Hit, but it was No.1 in the other UK Charts of that time - 'New Musical Express', 'Melody Maker' and 'Disc'. So, Beatles Fans feel that The Beatles were 'cheated' out of a No.1 Hit. Elvis & The Beatles would have 18 UK No.1 Singles each, if he had not been given 3 No.1's in 2005 & if The Beatles 'Please Please Me' had not been counted as a No.2 Hit.
All 18 of Elvis's pre-2005 UK No.1 Hits were re-issued in 2005, & all 18 reached the Top 5. With 3 reaching No.1, as I've said.
Alexbury1 - There is a Myth that 'One Of Us' was No.1 for 1 Week, in the unpublished 'Official', (BMRB), Chart of W/E 2nd January 1982. BMRB always missed a Chart at the end - or start - of each Year. Although they gathered Sales Data for the missing Charts, they did not publish them. Instead they repeated the published Chart of the previous Week.
So, they repeated the W/E 26th December 1981 Chart on W/E 2nd January 1982. This meant that 'One Of Us' got a repeated Week at No.3 - giving it a 3rd & final Week at that Position.
So a Myth has grown, that the ABBA Hit was really No.1 in the unpublished W/E 2nd January Chart. It wasn't. It rose from No.3 to No.2 in that Chart. It managed to outsell 'Daddy's Home' by Cliff Richard, for that one Week. I've been told that 'One Of Us' sold 96,000 in the missing Week & Cliff's Hit sold 92,000. However, in the repeated W/E 2nd January 1982 Chart, Cliff got a 4th & final Week at No.2 & ABBA had their 3rd & last No.3 Week.
However, at no time did either ABBA or Cliff reach No.1, during that Christmas & New Year. The Human League's 'Don't You Want Me' held them at No.2 & No.3, and spent 5 Weeks at No.1. It also sold a UK Million.
Incidently, the BMRB forgot to add ABBA's Sales to 'One Of Us' for the missing Week. As a result, they have it on 96,000 UK Sales lower than it should have. They also have only 170,000 Sales for 'S.O.S' & it should be at least 240,000. They have just 310,000 Sales for 'Money, Money, Money' - because they were only given its 1976 Sales & it sold well over 150,000 more in 1977. (The OCC 'only' give 'One Of Us' 405,000 1981/1982 Sales & it is really at least 501,000. Then you have to add in over 35,000 UK Download Sales for it - since November 2004. The OCC only took over the UK Charts in February 1994, but they 'inherited' the - too low - BRMB UK Totals of 'S.O.S.', 'Money, Money, Money' & 'One Of Us').
Gary - The OCC don't regard the 'Exile On Main Street', that went to No.1 in 2010, as being the return of the 1972 Album to No.1. They used to regard it as the same Album, but they changed their minds a few Years ago. They did that because the 2010 Edition had a 2nd Disk added - with 10 'New' Songs & they decided that it should be regarded as a different No.1 Album than the 1972 Edition. So, that is why The OCC give the Rolling Stones 12 UK No.1 Albums & not 11.
However, I worked this out - today - to amuse myself. (Pretending that the 1972 Edition returned to No.1 in 2010). I added it to a few UK Chart Sites - hence why I repeat what I've already said, in the ABBA Chat part of this Post, in the final paragraph.
WHICH 2 UK ALBUMS HAVE THE BIGGEST 'GAP' & THE BIGGEST 'SPAN' BETWEEN RETURNING TO No.1?
Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band
ITS 'GAP' BETWEEN LAST BEING AT No.1 & RETURNING TO No.1
W/E 3rd February 1968 to W/E 8th June 2017 = 49 Years & 4 Months
ITS 'SPAN' BETWEEN FIRST BEING AT No.1 & RETURNING TO No.1
W/E 10th June 1967 to W/E 8th June 2017 = 50 Years
It was last at No.1 in 1968. It was its 27th No.1 Week. If The OCC regard its current No.1 Position as being by the same Album, then it has its 28th Week at No.1 today. As well as being the longest 'Gap' between an Album last being at No.1 & it returning to No.1.
It also has the longest 'Span' of an Album first reaching No.1 & next reaching No.1. In both cases 'Exile On Main Street' by the Rolling Stones has the 2nd longest 'Gap' & the 2nd longest 'Span'.
B)... Rolling Stones
This Rolling Stones Album only spent 1 Week at No.1 in both 1972 and 2010. Therefore its No.1 'Gap' & 'Span' cover the same amount of time.....
Exile On Main Street
W/E 10th June 1972 to W/E 29th May 2010 = 37 Years & 11 Months
However - The OCC regard it as not being their 1972 Album returning to No.1. The 2010 No.1 had a 2nd Disk, of 10 'New' Songs, added, so The OCC decided that it was a brand new No.1 Album for the Group. Which is why The OCC counted the 'Blue & Lonesome' No.1, (December 2016), as the Rolling Stones 12th UK No.1 Album & not their 11th.
I've updated the following 2 'All Time' UK Chart Lists. ABBA are in both of them.
Today 'Sergeant Pepper' returned to No.1, in the UK Album Chart. It is The Beatles 175th No.1 Week in that Chart. However, it is not their 16th No.1 Album. They are still on 15. It is seen as their 1967 Album returning to No.1.
I know that it is awful that Westlife have had more UK No.1's than ABBA. However, ABBA spent far longer at No.1. Westlife's 14 No.1 Singles only spent 20 Weeks at No.1. That's the same as Slade achieved with just 6 No.1's. Westlife had 7 UK No.1 Albums, but they each only spent 1 Week at No.1. The 1st 7 UK No.1's by ABBA, were there for 48 Weeks & by the time they'd had 9, they had spent 57 Weeks at No.1......
THE ARTISTS WITH THE MOST No.1 WEEKS IN THE UK CHARTS
(S) = Singles + (A) = Albums
01)... THE BEATLES -- (S) 69 + (A) 175 = 244 Weeks
02)... ELVIS PRESLEY -- (S) 80 + (A) 66 = 146 Weeks
03)... ABBA -- (S) 31 + (A) 57 = 88 Weeks
04)... CLIFF RICHARD -- (S) 46 + (A) 30 = 76 Weeks
05)... ROLLING STONES -- (S) 18 + (A) 46 = 64 Weeks
06)... MADONNA -- (S) 29 + (A) 30 = 59 Weeks
07)... TAKE THAT -- (S) 29 + (A) 29 = 58 Weeks
08)... ELTON JOHN -- (S) 29 + (A) 23 = 52 Weeks
09)... MICHAEL JACKSON -- (S) 16 + (A) 31 = 47 Weeks
10)= ROD STEWART -- (S) 18 + (A) 28 = 46 Weeks 10)= ROBBIE WILLIAMS -- (S) 11 + (A) 35 = 46 Weeks
THE ARTISTS WITH THE MOST No.1 SINGLES & ALBUMS IN THE UK CHARTS
(S) = Singles + (A) = Albums
01)... ELVIS PRESLEY -- (S) 21 + (A) 13 = 34 No.1's
02)... THE BEATLES -- (S) 17 + (A) 15 = 32 No.1's @@@
03)... MADONNA -- (S) 13 + (A) 12 = 25 No.1's
04)= CLIFF RICHARD -- (S) 14 + (A) 7 = 21 No.1's 04)= WESTLIFE -- (S) 14 + (A) 7 = 21 No.1's
06)... ROLLING STONES -- (S) 8 + (A) 12 = 20 No.1's
07)= TAKE THAT -- (S) 12 + (A) 7 = 19 No.1's 07)= ROBBIE WILLIAMS -- (S) 7 + (A) 12 = 19 No.1's
09... ABBA -- (S) 9 + (A) 9 = 18 No.1's
10)= MICHAEL JACKSON -- (S) 7 + (A) 10 = 17 No.1's 10)= U2 -- (S) 7 + (A) 10 = 17 No.1's
@@@ = If The OCC count the current Beatles No.1 Album, as their 16th UK No.1 Album, then they have 33 UK No.1 Singles + Albums. They will still have one less than Elvis Presley, however.
(NOTE - They are still on 32 UK No.1's. The OCC have not counted the 2017 'Sergeant Pepper' as their 16th No.1 Album. They are still on 15. The OCC say that the 1967 Album has returned to No.1).
From some of the Articles that I've read, it looks like the 2nd 'Mamma Mia!' Film will be both a Prequel & a Sequel.
By that I mean that we will be shown scenes from Years earlier than the 1st Film - using Actors who are supposed to be Meryl Streep etc., when they were much younger.
We will also be shown scenes from Years after the 1st Film - which means that Meryl and Pierce etc., will be made to look older. (Not that it will be hard to do that, as the 2nd Film is 10 Years after the 1st Film in 'Real Life', anyhow).
It is true that 'The Day Before You Came' may be too slow & gloomy to be included in the 2nd Film. Even if it were to included, I doubt if it will be as long as the ABBA original. It will likely be edited to about 3 Minutes, or something. (If it were to be included).
I just wish that ABBA Songs had been used in some sort of Animated Walt Disney type Fantasy Film. I think that the 'Mills And Boon' story-lines of the 2 'Mamma Mia!' Films are far too predictable & unimaginative, for Songs as 'bright' & inventive as many ABBA Tracks are. I find the Plot of Film 1 to be rather ordinary. No doubt, the Plot of Film 2 will be along the same lines - Mother, Daughter, Music Career, Lovers, etc., etc. To my way of thinking, Benny & Bjorn could not have looked too far, for an inventive Plot, to feature ABBA Songs in, if the best they settled on was the story-line of 'Mamma Mia!'.
One day, ABBA Songs will - hopefully - feature in a Fantasy Film, that really captures the wonder & imagination of the viewers. So far, I think that 'Muriel's Wedding' is by far the best Film that ever focused a lot on ABBA Songs. With 'Priscilla Queen Of The Desert' not far behind. It is a pity that far more people went to see the 1st 'Mamma Mia!' Film - with the 2nd Film, almost certain to also be a huge Box Office success.....
I know that a lot of ABBA Fans are against the very idea of a 2nd 'Mamma Mia!' Film, but you have to forget how 'awful' the idea might be. Instead, think of one thing - the 2nd Film will promote ABBA, all over again. Just as the 1st Film did in 2008.
In 2008, the 1st Film caused no less than 22 ABBA Songs to enter the UK Top 200 Singles Chart. The same Week saw about 12 ABBA Albums enter the UK Top 200 Albums Chart. Also, the 1st Film caused 'ABBA Gold' to return to No.1 in the UK Album Chart. It was No.1 for 2 Weeks. It was its 5th time at No.1 - from 3 different Years. No.1, (1 Week), in 1992, No.1 - 3 times, (for 5 Weeks), in 1999, & No.1 in 2008, (for 2 Weeks).
Of course, the 2008 Film also caused 'ABBA Gold' to do well again in a lot of other Countries - including going to No.1 - for 12 Weeks - in the USA Billboard Catalogue Chart. It also climbed to No.4 in Australia - even though it was already one of that Country's Top 10 Best Selling Albums.....
So, even if some ABBA Fans hate the very idea of the 2nd 'Mamma Mia!' Film - just see it as a great way to get ABBA noticed all over again - which it will do. To me, that, by far, the most important 'gain' from the 2nd Film.
Despite watching all of the clips of the 'Mamma Mia!' Movie ABBA Songs on YouTube, I've never actually seen the Film! The awful singing, (Pierce etc.), in several of the Clips was enough to put me off seeing the entire Film. (What a pity that Benny & Bjorn don't see any point in having Actors who can actually sing, in 'Mamma Mia!'. Meryl Streep is one of the few, in the Films, who can actually sing, reasonably well! Is it so hard to find Actors, who can do justice, to singing old ABBA Songs?!).
I know that there are many ABBA Fans, who not only hate the Film, but they think that a 2nd Film will be a disaster - because 'Grease 2', (1982), flopped, and 'Staying Alive', (1983), was no-where near as big as 'Saturday Night Fever'. But, just because a lot of 'Sequel' Films are awful and/or do not do very well at the 'Box Office', does not mean that it applies to all 'Sequels'. Many of them do very well.
Also, the 1st & 2nd 'Mamma Mia!' Films have one huge asset in their favour - ABBA Songs!!!
We will see if the 2nd Film includes ABBA Songs, that ought to have had far more attention - such as 'The Day Before You Came' - which is now regarded as a 'Classic' - even by the Staff of several UK 'Rock' Magazines. Such as 'New Musical Express', which tended to ignore, or to make fun of ABBA, when they were together. 'N.M.E.' now regards them as one of the greatest 'Pop Groups' of all time.....
At present, the 1st 'Mamma Mia!' Film is the 9th 'All Time' biggest 'Box Office' success, in UK Cinema History. It was also the biggest Musical Film in UK History, until it was over-taken by 'Beauty And The Beast', just a couple of Weeks ago. (In 2008, 'Mamma Mia!' actually became the 'Biggest All Time UK Box Office Movie', but it has fallen to 9th place, since then).
In November 2008 the DVD of 'Mamma Mia!' sold 1,669,084 copies in the UK - on its 1st Day of release! No other UK DVD has sold anything like that in one Day. By the end of its 1st Week it had sold over 3,100,000 copies, in the UK - another 'All Time' Record. To date, its UK Sales are over 5,500,000 - making it the biggest selling UK DVD of 'All Time'.
The Film Soundtrack recently went 5 x Platinum in the UK - for 1,500,000 Sales. (It has sold about 1,800,000 in the USA, & well over 5.5 Million Globally).
The 'Original Cast' Album has sold well over 400,000 in the UK.
I see 'Mamma Mia!' 2 as a way to promote ABBA, more than anything else. The 2008 Film certainly did that.
It is very odd that no ABBA Compilation, has ever been released, that has all of the ABBA Songs from the 1st Film on it.....
Gary - I'm sorry that I misunderstood the point, that you were making, about 'Greatest Hits' by Queen. Although both the Queen & ABBA Compilations have been in the Top 100 for several Weeks, this Year, you are right - the Queen Album is almost always higher in the UK Top 100 than 'ABBA Gold'.
In the latest UK Album Chart, (W/E 25th May 2017), 'ABBA Gold' has risen from No.73 to No.65. It sold about 1,450 copies, to do that. 'Greatest Hits' by Queen, has risen from No.64 to No.59. That sold about 1,580 copies, to do that. So, the Weekly Sales between both Albums are not very far apart - just 130 more Queen Sales - than ABBA - this Week.....
Gary - You have to remember that 'Greatest Hits', (1981), by Queen has not really sold 6,180,000 UK copies. It is credited with that Total, but they consist of Sales from 2 other UK Queen releases - not just those of the 17 Track 1981 Album.
In 2006 The Official UK Charts Company allowed the 1981 'Greatest Hits' Album to have 66,000 Sales added in from a 1994 Double Queen CD and 560,000 Sales added in from a 2000 Triple Queen CD - 'The Platinum Collection'.
So, to find out the real -stand-alone - UK Sales of the 1981 'Greatest Hits' Album, you have to remove 626,000 Sales from it - as those 626,000 are from 2 other Queen releases.
6,180,000 - 626,000 is 5,554,000. So, the 1981 Album has sold 5,554,000 UK copies - not 6,180,000.
'ABBA Gold' has sold around 5,400,000 UK copies - so far. So the 1981 Queen Album is 'only' around 154,000 ahead of 'ABBA Gold'. Not the ridiculous 780,000 Sales ahead of 'ABBA Gold', that you get, if you say that the 1981 Queen 'Greatest Hits' Album is on 6,180,000 UK Sales.
Although 'ABBA Gold' has fallen from No.67 to No.73, (UK), this Week, it has actually sold more than it did last Week. It sold around 1,260 copies to be at No.67 & it has sold around 1,420 copies to be at No.73.
If it can keep up its average UK Weekly Sales, it looks like it will sell at least 60,000 to 70,000 UK copies by the end of 2017.
ED SHEERAN OVER-TAKES ABBA'S AUSTRALIAN No.1 WEEKS RECORD
Until now.'Fernando' held the Chart Record, for the most No.1 Weeks, in the Australian Singles Chart - 14. However, in the Week Ending 1st May 2017 Chart, 'Shape Of You' by Ed Sheeran, over-took ABBA, by having its 15th Week at No.1. It has managed it in 2 'Runs' - 13 Weeks & then 2 Weeks. This still leaves 'Fernando' as the Australian No.1 Single with the most consecutive Weeks at No.1 - 14.
THE AUSTRALIAN No.1 SINGLES WITH 10 - OR MORE - WEEKS AT No.1
Ed Sheeran -- "Shape of You" -- (2017)
ABBA -- "Fernando" -- (1976)
The Beatles -- "Hey Jude " -- (1968)
Coolio -- "Gangsta's Paradise" -- (1995/1996)
Dinah Shore -- "Buttons and Bows" -- (1949)
Eminem -- "Lose Yourself" -- (2002/2003)
Pharrell Williams -- "Happy" -- (2014)
Wings -- "Mull of Kintyre" -- (1977/1978)
Bryan Adams -- "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" -- (1991)
The Platters -- "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" -- (1959)
Daddy Cool -- "Eagle Rock" -- (1971)
ABBA -- "Mamma Mia" -- (1975)
Whitney Houston -- "I Will Always Love You" -- (1992/1993)
Sandi Thom -- "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)" -- (2006)
LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett and GoonRock -- "Party Rock Anthem" -- (2011)
THE 'MAMMA MIA!' FILM SOUNDTRACK GETS A 5th UK PLATINUM AWARD
On Friday 28th April, The British Phonographic Industry, (The B.P.I.), gave the 'Mamma Mia!' Film Soundtrack its Fifth UK Platinum Sales Award, for Sales of 1,500,000. (5 x 300,000 = 1,500,000). When we add in its USA Sales - 1,800,000 - the Film Soundtrack has sold over 3,300,000, between the UK & USA alone.
'ABBA Gold' no longer has the most Weeks in the UK Top 75. It has now been over-taken by 'Legend' by Bob Marley & The Wailers. 'Gold' has 521 Top 75 Weeks and 'Legend' has 525 Top 75 Weeks. 'Legend' is at No.28 this Week.
Their UK Sales are not even close, however. 'Gold' has sold around 5,400,000 and 'Legend' has sold around 3,500,000 to 3,600,000.....
ABBA were very angry, at Epic Records, when Sweet Dreams had a UK No.10 Hit, with 'Honey Honey' in 1974.
It was No.10 in the 'Official' UK Charts - complied by BMRB at the time, and used by the BBC & 'Music Week'. BMRB stood for the British Market Research Bureau.
ABBA had considered making their original version the follow-up to 'Waterloo', but Epic Records insisted that they knew best, what would sell in the UK, & they put 'Ring Ring' out instead - after it had already been total UK flop in October 1973.
To their dismay, ABBA had to watch the re-issued, (& remixed), 'Ring Ring' get no higher than No.32, whilst the Sweet Dreams Hit was a Top 10 success.
The Sweet Dreams version did even better in the 'Melody Maker', (No.6), & 'New Musical Express' Charts, (No.9).
After 'Waterloo', (No.1 in 1974), ABBA did not reach the UK Top 10 again, until 'SOS' reached No.6 in October 1975.
In several Countries, both versions of 'Honey Honey' were released, and each time the ABBA version was the bigger Hit. ABBA reached No.27 in the USA Hot 100, but Sweet Dreams stalled at No.68. In Germany, ABBA's version was a huge Hit. It went to No.2 for 5 Weeks and spent 18 Weeks in the German Top 10. Only 'Fernando' gave ABBA more Weeks in the Top 10 there - 22. The Sweet Dreams version spent just 1 Week in the German Top 100 - No.42.
I bought the Sweet Dreams version of 'Honey Honey' in 1974. I really liked it.
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
I must say that I'm surprised that any ABBA Fans thought that there were many, (if any), 'unreleased' Songs in 'The Vaults'.
From things that I've read, over the Decades, I knew that there are 'Alternative Versions' of several Songs, & that is all that I expected Carl Magnus Palm to 'discover' in 'The Vaults'. Which is precisely what has happened. I expected no more than that. Whether 'The Fans' will ever be able to buy them on CD is another matter, of course. But, that argument goes to and fro and never ends. We all know it. Some Fans feel that 'The Fans' deserve to have the 'Alternative Versions'. Others say that we have no right to expect that, & it is OK if 'ABBA' never let us have them. The argument never changes.....
In the meantime, some Groups give their Fans 'Treats' as often as they can.
1)... June will see the 50th Anniversary of 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', (1967), by The Beatles. Several Editions of that Album are being released to celebrate it. There are Alternative Versions & Out-Takes galore. For the purposes of the UK Album Chart, all of the Sales - of each Edition - will be added together. 'Sergeant Pepper' is currently the UK's Best Selling Studio Album, with about 5,170,000 Sales. It is also the UK's 3rd Best Selling Album, as 'ABBA Gold' is in 2nd place, with around 5,400,000 UK Sales. We will see if the various 2017 Editions of The Beatles Album, sell enough, to see it over-take ABBA Gold, & become the UK's 2nd Best Seller. ('Greatest Hits' by Queen, (1981), is 1st - with about 6,200,000 Sales, but 626,000 of those Sales are from a 1994 Double Queen CD & a 2000 Triple Queen CD - 'The Platinum Collection'. It has really sold about 5,574,000, as a stand-alone Album).
Link To The 'Sergeant Pepper' Beatles Fans Treats:
I got my copy of the Book yesterday - Saturday April 1st.
I have glanced through it. It is very well written & very detailed.
There are lots of 'Alternative Versions' of several ABBA Songs.
However, Benny & Bjorn do not see anything to gain, (for ABBA), if they let 'The Fans' have them. So we can't.
Many Fans agree with that decision. Many do not. I don't agree with it.
But, what 'The Fans' want, or do not want, is irrelevant in this matter.
We have to live with Benny & Bjorn's decision.
The Book is excellent. There are photos of several ABBA Singles & Albums, & when they were all released.
Oddly, there is no photo of 'ABBA Gold', but there is one of 'More ABBA Gold'.
I cannot see any details of the release of 'Lay All Your Love On Me' as a 1981 Single. It cannot be because it had a limited release. So did 'Eagle' & 'I Have A Dream', but the Single releases for those are discussed.
The technical details - of how ABBA recorded each Song - are there - with lots of information that was new to me.
I was surprised that Michael Tretow had suggested that an extra 'Unreleased' Track should be allowed on the 1994 'Thank You For The Music' Box Set. It was to show us how 'Chiquitita' developed, as ABBA worked on it. However, Benny & Bjorn refused to allow it to be included. (It was called 'The Chiquitita Story').
They also decided that the full length 'Just A Notion' did not sound right, so that is why we only got an edited version. Benny & Bjorn did work on it, in 1994, but they felt that it was not good enough, to work, as a complete recording.
In 1992, Benny Remixed 'Dancing Queen', but then decided that he did not like the Remix, so that is why we have yet to hear that. It is in 'The Vaults'.
The Book is much bigger & much more 'glossy' than I expected. It is quite heavy too. It has almost 450 Pages.
I had intended to just put it away, in a drawer, without reading it. But, when it came, I could not resist looking at several parts of it. Carl Magnus Palm has written it so well, that I then found it very hard to put down & I quickly read, ('glanced at'), about 40% of the Book. Looking at some of the earlier Chapters, some of the middle Chapters and some of the end Chapters.
Perhaps one day, we will get an ABBA 'Greatest Hits' CD, where CD 1 is old Singles and CD 2 is 'Alternative Versions' of those old Singles. That way, a great many Fans will buy it - to own CD 2. However, we are still very far away, from Benny and Bjorn agreeing to that. In fact, they may never ever agree to it.....
Gary - The 'La La Land' Album is allowed into the UK 'Artist' Album Chart because it is a Studio Cast Album.
The same for the 'Trolls' Studio Cast Album.
Just as the 'Mamma Mia!' Studio Cast Album was allowed into that Chart, where it reached No.12, (2008), & has sold over 410,000 UK copies - so far. (The 'Mamma Mia!' Film Soundtrack was only allowed into the Compilation Chart. It was No.1 for 11 Weeks & has sold over 1,480,000 UK copies - so far).
The OCC are not always fair. They allowed 'Evita' into the Artist Chart - even though it is a Film Soundtrack. They credit it to Madonna & Various Artists. So, they allow Madonna to have it as one of her 12 UK No.1 Albums - even though she did not sing everything on it. But, they would not allow 'The Bodyguard' Film Soundtrack into the 'Artist' Chart in 1992/1993, because they refused to let Whitney Houston be credited with it. Even though Whitney is on the cover, & even though Whitney sang on most of the Tracks. So, they treated Whitney & Madonna differently, & let Madonna have 'Evita' as a No.1, but Whitney was not allowed to have 'The Bodyguard' as a No.1. (It was only allowed into the Compilation Chart, where it was No.1 for 11 Weeks - the same, (11 Weeks), as the 'Mamma Mia!' Film Soundtrack).
Just as the Bee Gees were not allowed to have 'Saturday Night Fever' as a No.1 Album, in the UK, because they did not sing everything on it. It was allowed into the Artist Chart, as Film Soundtracks were allowed into it in those days. In the USA. 'Saturday Night Fever' is allowed to be a Bee Gees No.1 Album & 'The Bodyguard' is allowed to be a Whitney Houston No.1 Album.
The UK Singles Chart began on W/E 15th November 1952.
In 1953 Frankie Laine had 4 Top 10 Hits for 3 Weeks in a row.
Until now no-one has equalled or beaten that.
In the latest UK 'Singles' Chart, Ed Sheeran had 16 Songs in the Top 20!
This includes the entire Top 6 & 9 of the Top 10! (No-one has held even the entire Top 4 before. The Top 3 was not held - by the same Act - until W/E 14th January 2016, when Justin Bieber did it. But Ed has doubled that).
In the Irish Charts, his 'takeover' is even greater. He has the entire Top 16 'Singles' there! As well as the No.1, No.2 & No.5 Albums.....
This is because The Official Charts Company now allows 'Streaming' to affect the 'Singles' Chart, & if an Act can get Millions of 'Streams' for an Album, they can get every Track on it into the Singles Chart! Which is exactly what Ed has done.
The OCC will now have to decide what to do to stop it ever happening again, as most people don't like Ed Sheeran, so if he dominates the 'Singles' Chart, they will lose all interest in that Chart - forever.
If they don't do something, (to stop Album Tracks getting into the 'Singles' Chart), the problem will only keep happening. Most likely when Justin Bieber, Adele and Taylor Swift release their next Albums.
THE UK 'SINGLES' CHART TOP 20
(W/B 10th March 2017 - W/E 16th March 2017)
01 01 Ed Sheeran ~ Shape of You 02 NE Ed Sheeran ~ Galway Girl 03 03 Ed Sheeran ~ Castle on the Hill 04 NE Ed Sheeran ~ Perfect 05 NE Ed Sheeran ~ New Man 06 NE Ed Sheeran ~ Happier 07 02 The Chainsmokers and Coldplay ~ Something Just Like This 08 NE Ed Sheeran ~ Dive 09 NE Ed Sheeran ~ Supermarket Flowers 10 NE Ed Sheeran ~ What Do I Know? 11 11 Ed Sheeran ~ How Would You Feel (Paean) 12 NE Ed Sheeran ~ Barcelona 13 NE Ed Sheeran ~ Nancy Mulligan 14 NE Ed Sheeran ~ Eraser 15 NE Ed Sheeran ~ Hearts Don't Break Around Here 16 04 Rag'n'Bone Man ~ Human 17 05 Katy Perry ~ Chained To The Rhythm [feat. Skip Marley] 18 NE Ed Sheeran ~ Bibia Be Ye Ye 19 NE Ed Sheeran ~ Save Myself 20 06 Stormzy ~ Big For Your Boots
Ed Sheeran also has 3 Albums in the UK Top 5. Even The Beatles, ABBA & Adele, have never had more than 2 UK Top 5 Albums at once.
He is only the 6th Artist to achieve it & the 1st 'Living' Solo Artist to do so since Elvis Presley did it, (for 2 Weeks), in 1957.
THE UK's TOP 5 ALBUMS
W/B 10th March 2017 - W/E 16th March 2017
01 NE Ed Sheeran ~ ÷ 02 02 Rag'n'Bone Man ~ Human 03 01 Stormzy ~ Gang Signs & Prayer 04 03 Ed Sheeran ~ × 05 12 Ed Sheeran ~ +
There is still a huge amount of interest in ABBA, as can be seen by the UK Media fuss that Steps have had, since they announced that Benny & Bjorn have given them an 'ABBA' Song - 'Story Of A Heart'. If an unreleased ABBA Song was actually put out & promoted, the Global Media would be interested. Unfortunately, even some ABBA Fans think that there is Zero interest in such a thing.
Even though a '2nd Rate' ABBA, like Steps, have now got such huge attention, that their comeback Single, 'Scared Of The Dark', is already No.1 on UK iTunes & on Amazon UK Downloads. Because a great many people want 'Pure Pop' back - and that includes the Act that were best at it - ABBA.
Of course, if some of the ABBA Fans here were in charge of Steps, they'd say, 'Oh! No-one will be interested in 'Scared Of The Dark'! Just a few 100 Steps Fans! Let's just do 1000 CD's of it - just for the Fans!'. This is what happens when Fans are over-cautious & scared of ABBA etc. 'flopping'. No bold chances are taken. Every thing is done in half-hearted nervousness. I find it very sad, that so many ABBA Fans, have so little faith in how respected & loved ABBA really are. Steps have got huge attention, just by saying they have been given a Benny & Bjorn Song.....
'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.
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.
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