The summer is here, but that
does not mean ABBA give up work. They have been in the studio during May,
and two new LP-tracks are finished; 'JUST LIKE THAT' and 'I AM THE CITY'.
Björn & Benny are now back to writing and ABBA will be back in
the studio in August to record three or four new songs. Our intention
is to release a new single shortly before the release of the planned double-LP
with all ABBA's singles (A-sides). This double-LP is planned to contain
not only the new single released in connection with the LP but also another
brand new track. That would make a total of 26 tracks. We will know more
about these details after the
There will, as you understand, not be a brand new ABBA-LP this year, but there will definitely be such a new LP during 1983. Even if the ABBA members from time to time are doing things on their own, there is no intention whatsoever to break up the group.
ABBA have done a 90 minutes radio special with Bob Hamilton of Radio Report, New York. This special, consisting of interviews with all members plus Stig Anderson and lots of music., has been aired all over the U.S. and Canada. Atlantic Records have also pressed a special LP for this programme as 'give-away' to the listeners, and we have together with Bob Hamilton printed a little book called 'The ABBA Story' also to be given away to listeners. The reaction to this special has been very favourable. During the same period our TV-special, which was recorded in Sweden last year has been shown in the U.S. It has also been shown in several other countries around the world.
ABBA's latest LP 'The Visitors' continues to sell, and gold and platinum records from all over the world are being handed over to us - from Austria, Portugal, Germany, Holland etc etc.
Frida's solo-LP 'Something's Going On' will be released world-wide beginning of September. There will also be a single release' 'I Know There's Something Going On' c/w 'Threnody' a few weeks before the LP.
During the recording of this LP in our Polar Music Studios in Stockholm, an English film team did a documentary on Frida and the producer Phil Collins. Included in this documentary will also be one of the two promotions films Frida will be shooting in London beginning of July. She will be filming 'I Know There's Something Going On' and 'I See Red'. In connection with the release, Frida will do promotion for the LP by going to the U.S., Canada, England, Denmark, Germany, Holland, France and Spain to meet the press, do some TV etc. We all believe this is a very exciting LP - and very different from an ABBA-LP!
There will also be a solo-LP with Agnetha. The producer is probably going to be Mike Chapman, but due to ABBA's fully booked schedule, the recording cannot take place until beginning of next year. Early autumn Agnetha will also star in a Swedish movie (title not yet known) to be filmed in Stockholm.
We wish you all a very nice and sunny summer!
Stockholm June 14th 1982 / Görel Hanser gh