Abba Gear Up To Celebrate Anniversary
On the 6th of April 2014 it will be exactly 40 years since the Swedish foursome won the Eurovision Song Contest with their song ‘Waterloo’.
Abba's label, Polar Music, which is now part of Universal Music, plan on celebrating this special occasion by rolling out a year of events for the group including numerous reissues, bonus tracks and much more. Back in 1974, ‘Waterloo’ was performed right here in Brighton, England and reached number one across Europe and South Africa, as well as scoring a number 4 chart position in Australia and reaching number 6 in the USA. Not bad for a, then, little-known group.
Eurovision was just the start; ‘Waterloo’ was the first single from Abba's second album of the same name, which also enjoyed worldwide success. The group went on to release six more albums featuring hits such as ‘Super Trouper’, ‘The Winner Takes It All’, ‘Voulez-Vous’, ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Take A Chance On Me’. In total the group have sold over 380 million records.
Band member Agnetha has recently raised fans’ hopes that the 40th anniversary may mark a reunion of the previously turbulent group, "Of course it's something we're thinking about" she said. "There seem to be plans to do something to mark this anniversary in some way. I can't say at this point what will come of them." She did add, however, that the group’s age made things more difficult, "I cannot imagine that we would go on stage with crutches!"