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
1)... A Steps Single means Zero next to a New ABBA Single. Steps were only really big in the UK and Ireland. They were only briefly big in any other Countries - Australia, for example.
2)... It matters not how the 2 New ABBA Singles sound. If the Charts now 'cripple' Older Acts, then the Singles will perform poorly, even if they are great. (ABBA struggle even to get 'Gold' into the Swedish Charts now - because the Chart Rules there favour Newer Acts with more Streaming).
3)... New ABBA Singles will get Air Play. 'Story Of A Heart', by Benny's Orchestra, was a big UK Air Play Hit - No.15. Despite this, it failed to reach the UK Singles Chart. Not enough Streaming to compete.
4)... The 'Come Back' Single by Take That - 'Out Of Our Heads' - has failed to reach the UK Top 100. They have had more UK Top 10 Hits than ABBA, and even they can't beat 'Streaming' - or a lack of it, I should say. It is their 4th Single in a row, to fail to reach the Top 10. They were last in the Top 10 in 2014. (Take That have had 20 UK Top 10 Hits, to ABBA's 19).
Probably very true^^^^ in a way I'd rather they didn't release the singles as they have the potential to be flops no matter how good they may be, it's all a little disturbing for chart watchers like myself to see big established acts no longer have hits..
Im beginning to think, that they would be better released on a album, at least it would be a hit ...
anyone know the minimum length of an album is allowed and is there a limit to number of tracks...
Graham -- I'd hate it if ABBA tried to have a hit with an EP. UK Chart Rules are now so strict, that an EP is banned from the Singles Chart and from the Albums Chart! I've seen loads of EP's fail to Chart in recent Years. (I only ever see EP's doing well on iTunes).
Really ABBA need to do a New Album. It would be an International No.1.
It is no longer possible for 'old' Acts to have proper Hit Singles.
ABBA had until about 2008 to still be able to have Hit Singles. Now it is far, far harder for them.
Record Company's are currently teaming old Acts with Symphony Orchestra's, to breathe new life into old Hits.
The Act does not even have to be alive. It has already given Elvis Presley 2 further UK No.1 Albums. As well as Roy Orbison his biggest Album in Years - and his 2nd Orchestral one is out soon.
Buddy Holly is about to have one released. The Beach Boys did it earlier this Year - it was a UK No.4 Album.
Now Richard Carpenter has personally Conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on 18 Carpenters Songs. Their Album is out in December.
I wonder if Benny and Bjorn will work with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and 're-visit' 14 to 18 ABBA Tracks? I'd love to hear those ABBA Songs, with added Orchestral Music. Remember - these 'Orchestra' Albums are not 'Covers' Albums. They are the original recordings with enriched - Orchestral - instrumentation added in.
I know we stray from original thread, but like I've said before I feel any conversation no matter which way it goes is good, so therefore.....
I tend to agree with the full Orchestra theme, my only reservation is that it would be another "Gold' in another form, " we " all know there's loads of great other tracks to be heard, but alas we are becoming a smaller minority as years go by, and the general public only " knows" those dreaded 20 odd tracks... so it would be unlikely to happen, ( love to be proved wrong) .
Im personally going through a phase of the " more " obscure tracks... for instance The Piper, great little track , even a little Christmassy dare I say . Soldiers, Hole In Your Soul.......
EP, was said really tongue in cheek , but if the warnings are there that the singles could flop, I'd hate to see then make number 37 for 1 week then diasappear... so much better on a new album and be huge. Than flop into obscurity..
Mods... why not set up a general discussion room, where anything goes... just a thought...
Last Edit: Nov 15, 2018 16:23:25 GMT by foreverfan
Graham - The 'Old' UK Singles Chart still exists. it is called the Sales Chart. There is no Streaming in it, to hold 'Old' Acts back. ABBA could easily still have No.1 Singles in it.
However, it is regarded - by The OCC - as Singles Chart B. They see it as a secondary Chart. Not important.
The worst thing that could happen, is ABBA's 2 New Songs getting into the Sales Chart Top 5 - even No.1 - without being able to get anywhere near the Top 10 in the Main Singles Chart. The OCC would only count how they performed in the Main Chart as their 'real' Positions. Their Peaks in the Sales Chart would be totally ignored.
You can see how it works, by what happened to the 1st Steps Single in 2017. 'Scared Of The Dark' reached No.11 in the UK Sales Chart. But a lack of Streaming meant that it only reached No.37 in the Main Chart. So, No.37 is where The OCC say it reached. Its No.11 Sales peak is ignored...ABBA will be at risk of suffering a similar fate, with their New Singles...
It is far better that ABBA release a New Album. A UK & Global No.1 Album would be a certainty.