As a new member, I'm asking the Forum to email letters to SiriusXM asking to create an ABBA channel. See the following link, there is a comments page XM offers to contact them with comments or requests. If they can make The Beatles Channel and Tom Petty Channel, they can make an ABBA channel with a multitude of ABBA fans.
There are more qualified members here that know how to write good bio's and speak well on the printed page that I would like to encourage.
I would support the idea of a Sirius XM ABBA channel, as long as they put some related Swedish artists like Ted Gärdestad, Alice Babs and Lill Babs, and some solo input from all four members; heck we'll have somebody play a cut from the Frida 1971 vinyl which was reissued in the USA. (an unlikely move blessed from Parlophone Warner Sweden), Hep Stars, Agnetha's earlier output and the folky Hootenanny Singers.
This practice worked for the Beatles' radio when I switched on the radio, and I heard a Paul McCartney solo cut, so why not ABBA? with 8 albums and several singles worth 8 hours discounting the related artists, you could go bust and just have Dancing Queen play 24/7 whereas the Beatles radio had a sumptuous amount of everything from demo to new materials, solo or non-solo. Wait, nevermind. The Beatles had worth 10 hours of music and could fill in the radio easily, but that's because they allowed a few solo artists like McCartney and Harrison so there's little boredness for the listeners. That's why I consider adding a bit more Swedish artists in the proposed ABBA radio.
If they decide to include some solo artists, it actually would generate a cool interest and a niche in Swedish popular music, considering how well regarded they are; considered one of the architects of what today's popular music had. I mean, there's a Spanish language radio playing and it's rather popular in Miami, but it's still prevailing, but I hope a Swedish language/hybrid language radio would gain the same popularity in other states like Minnesota and North Dakota (one of the high percentage of Norwegian speakers, probably mutually intelligible with Swedish).
As far as other materials like interviews and radio specials, I sure hope they would be occupied with it at some point. They know what they're doing so I don't have to say stuff about it. My only concern is ABBA being them main subject but the solo artists themselves may not have enough attention.
They did have a SIRIUS (before the merger between the earlier and XM) ABBA channel but that was only for the promotion for the film Mamma Mia in 2008 if I can recall.
Hi, welcome to the forum. That is a brilliant idea. Good luck.
Hello All, It was exciting to review the positive responses, Thank you so much.
Liebezeit, you have a very good knowledge of ABBA and a way with words, please find the time to email XM. I have been pursuing this thought with phone calls to Sirius with no response or they say you have to contact customer service or I am calling the wrong dept. If there are enough XM contact requests they might take this effort seriously.
I know Abba is more world received in Europe nations which is great, I just wish the states would be more open.
One week in (extending to the weekends) and so far the response to ABBA Radio has been Polarised (Polar Music... Get it?). Around all social media, we have Studio 54 audience expressing great dissatisfaction and pointing out that ABBA "hasn't made many disco records", "the world is ending" even to go as far as calling the execution ridiculous, I'm paraphrasing, but the rest of them seem to love it. Others seem to be very welcoming with "good jobs" and every compliments, and some inferences! such as when Frida recorded "Du är så underbart rar" / Can't Take My Eyes Off You, they were surprised! It's heartwarming that they seem to share similar fascinations as I did several years ago.
ABBA Radio is available on Channel 503 and Channel 54.
They have a segment called ABBA COVERS - so they say! Abbacadabra and Debby Boone so far have made it. Related artists liked Ted Gärdestad, Svenne och Lotta, Harpo, Lill-Babs (asking too much) that shared similar music production sounds w/ ABBA (e.g. their music was produced by Benny and Bjorn) have yet to turn up.