31/3/13

[Q22] LUGARES RELACIONADOS / Related places: AGNETHA, ULRIKSDALS SLOTTSTEATER, SOLNA, STOCKHOLM



Enlace / Link: ULRIKSDAL PALACE.

Pues efectivamente, el lugar que sirve de marco para la portada del nuevo disco y video de Agnetha es este: Ulrikdals Slottsteater en Solna, Estocolmo.
El Ulriksdals Slottsteater Confidencen es el teatro Rococó más antiguo de Suecia situado en el primer Parque Nacional urbano. Los visitantes pueden disfrutar de bonitos paseos, el palacio y sus edificio aledaños y antiguos olmos. En mitad de todo esto -Confidencen, esta joya de teatro inaugurado en 1753 y utilizado por el Rey Gustavo III y Carl Michael Bellman, con una temporada veraniega de ópera, balet y conciertos. Hoy en día con actividades para niños e escuelas.

Certainly, the place which is the background to the picture sleeve and video of Agnetha's latest record is this: Ulrikdals Slottsteater in Solna, Stockholm.
The Ulriksdals Slottsteater Confidencen is the oldest Rococo theatre in Sweden and situated in the first urban National Park. Visitors can enjoy beautiful walks, the palace with surrounding buildings and ancient oaks. In the middle of all this - Confidencen, this jewel of a theatre inaugurated in 1753 and used by King Gustav III and Carl Michael Bellman, with a summer season of opera, ballet and concerts. Today, with extensive activities for children and schools.

Video "WHEN YOU REALLY LOVED SOMEONE", Agnetha Fältskog @ Ulrikdals Slottsteater, Solna, Stockholm:

30/3/13

ABBA THE MUSEUM - STOCKHOLM'S Nº1 TOP 10



En un reciente video, Abba The Museum aparece como uno de los 10 lugares que uno debe visitar en Estocolmo. La verdad es que los diez lugares solo te dan más ganas de ir... Incluimos enlace a la información sobre el museo en la BBC-News del 29/3/2013 en inglés.

On a recent video, Abba The Museum appears as one of the 10 places you must visit in Stockholm. The truth is those ten places only give you more reasons to go... We're including link to info about the museum on BBC-News on 29/32013.

Video "10 BEST IN STOCKHOLM":



Enlace / Link: Abba, The Museum @ The Irish Times.

29/3/13

DIDO @ HUFFPOST LIVE & BBC-RADIO2 INTERVIEW



Ofrecemos una nueva entrevista con Dido para Huffpost Live y BBC Radio2 en inglés.

Offering a new interview with Dido for Huffpost Live & BBC Radio2..

Video DIDO @ HuffPost Live:



Dido  BBC Radio2 interview:

28/3/13

ABBA, THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC TV-DOCUMENTARY



Todavía un nuevo documental con Abba y su historia que encontramos en YouTube. Data del 2006, de nuevo un recorrido por la historia del supergrupo en inglés, con trozos reconocibles de otros documentales previos, pero con cosas nuevas.

Yet another documentary with Abba and their story which we¡ve found on YouTube. Dated from 2006, it's a new coverage of the history of this supergroup, with recognizable pieces from previous documentaries, but with new contibutions.

Video "ABBA, THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC" documetary:


LORI MEYERS, "IMPRONTA"



Unos candidatos nuevos en MusiKQMGusta, Lori Meyers. El grupo no es nuevo en absoluto, nacieron en el 98, y estrenan ahora su quinto album "IMPRONTA". Y nos han cautivado con sus avances "EL TIEMPO PASARÁ", "EMBORRACHARME", "PLANILANDIA", que os dejamos hoy aqui con los audio+letra. Incluimos reseña de lahiguera.net.

New candidates in MusicILike, Lori Meyers. The group isn't a new one, they started in 98, and they're premiering now their fifth album "IMPRONTA" ("Imprint"). And they've captured us with their previews "EL TIEMPO PASARÁ" ("Time will pass"), "EMBORRACHARME" ("Getting drunk") & "PLANILANDIA". We're leaving you here the audio+lyrics. Including review by lahiguera.net in Spanish.

Audio "EL TIEMPO PASARÁ", Lori Meyers:


Audio "EMBORRACHARME", Lori Meyers:


Audio "PLANILANDIA":



IMPRONTA, LA RESEñA
El grupo granadino Lori Meyers vuelve con el estilo que le caracteriza

Irene Rodríguez Castaño  24/03/2013 [lahiguera.net]

A pesar de que ellos mismos definen su nuevo trabajo como el más personal y emocional que han hecho hasta ahora, es innegable que al escucharlo nos inyectan las mismas ganas de bailar que siempre, y es que con alguno de los temas es imposible mantener el cuerpo completamente quieto, un claro ejemplo de esto serían A-sinte-odio o Huracán.

Pero entre los 12 cortes que contiene este quinto disco encontramos baladas como Deshielo y Despedirse, maravillas llenas de contrastes como Planilandia o Impronta, canciones con una letra canalla enEmborracharme, y mucho rock, algo con toque electrónico en Tengo un plan o con toque funk en El tiempo pasará. También hay algo más pop como De los nervios y sonidos que al escucharlos recuerdan a sus comienzos en Zen, pero todo ello con tanta fuerza como se encuentra en el tema Una señal.

El 19 de marzo fue la fecha oficial del lanzamiento de Impronta, título que se les ocurrió mientras veían un documental sobre pájaros que se ayudaban unos a otros y que llevaba ese mismo nombre, pero antes de esa fecha ya habíamos podido escuchar como adelanto tres de sus temas y en ciudades como Madrid, Granada y Barcelona gracias a la tecnología tuvieron la suerte de poder escuchar el disco completo utilizando el sistema U-view.

No hay duda de que es un buen disco pero estoy segura de que mejorará aún más si tenéis la suerte de poder escucharlo en directo, y es que si en algo son buenos estos chicos es en sus conciertos, tremendamente divertidos y con muchísimo ritmo y para lucirlo, como ya es costumbre.

27/3/13

SHARLEEN @ RADIOS: CLYDE1 NEWS & REAL RADIO + JO WHILEY BBC RADIO2



Avalancha de novedades, entrevistas... estamos con casi dos entradas diarias este mes, pero la actualidad manda. La segunda entrada de hoy es una entrevista concedida por Sharleen en la radio Clyde1 de Glasgow. Aquí el audio.

Landslide of new releases and interviews... we're almost with two daily posts this month, but it's what the on the news now. Today's second post is a Sharleen's interview to Glasgow radio Clyde 1. Here's the audio.

Audio Sharleen @ Clyde1 Radio (27/3/2013):


Audio Sharleen @ Real Radio (27/3/2013):



Audio Sharleen @ Jo Whiley BBCRadio2 (2/4/2013):



DIDO, "END OF NIGHT", SINGLE Nº2 + ALBUM AUDIO SAMPLER



Dido tiene ya un segundo single de su último álbum, es "END OF NIGHT" ("Fin de la noche"), aquí un audio+letra. Y un audio-sampler de los temas de su nuevo album, el día en que lo compré. Incluímos un audio con un mix del tema por Vincent Clarke.

Dido's already got a second single from her latest album, it's "END OF NIGHT", here's an audio+lyrics. And an audio sampler with the songs from her new album, the day I finally got it. Including an audio with a mix of the song by Vincent Clarke.

Audio "END OF NIGHT", Dido:


Audio sampler of the album "GIRL WHO GOT AWAY":


Audio Vincent Clarke mix:

26/3/13

ABBA, "RING, RING": 40 AÑOS HOY / 40 today



Hoy hace 40 años de la edición del primer álbum de Abba, "RING, RING".

40 years ago today Abba's first album "RING, RING" was released.

Enlace / Link "RING, RING" 40th anniversary: @ ABBA Omnibus blog.

Audio Unrealeased excepts &/or demo recordings:

LODVG: "OTRA VEZ ME HAS SACADO A BAILAR"



"OTRA VEZ ME HAS SACADO A BAILAR" es la nueva canción de La Oreja de Van Gogh
compuesta a través de Plan B, un proyecto revolucionario para la creación de música por Internet. Mediante este proyecto se convocó a los fans y seguidores de la banda donostiarra para escribir la letra de una canción con música compuesta por el grupo, utilizando la herramienta proporcionada en la red por Ballantines. Se recibieron más de 15.000 letras y la seleccionada ha sido de las hermanas Nuria y Raquel Díaz. Suya es la letra de la canción ya disponible en descarga digital.


"OTRA VEZ ME HAS SACADO A BAILAR" ("You've taken me out to dance again") is La Oreja de Van Gogh's new song composed through Plan B, a revolutionary project to create music via Internet. Through this project fans and followers of the San Sebastian band were called to write the lyrics of a song with music written by the group, using a tool given by the Ballantines network. More than 15.000 lyrics were received and the one selected was by the sisters Nuria and Raquel Diaz. Theirs is the lyrics of the song already available by digital download.

Video "OTRA VEZ ME HAS SACADO A BAILAR", LOVG:

25/3/13

ESCUCHA / Listen to:"THE CONVERSATION", TEXAS + ALBUM TRACKLIST + 'SCOTTISH SUN' ARTICLE



Hoy se estrena en las radios el primer single del nuevo disco de Texas "THE CONVERSATION" ("La conversación"), que estará a la venta el 13 de mayo, el álbum el 20. Esta es la portada del album y single e incluímos el audio del single, la lista de canciones y un artículo de The Scottish Sun en inglés. Seguiremos informando...

Today is the radio premiere of Texas' first single from their latest album "THE CONVERSATION", which will be available May 13th, the album on the 20th. Here's the album and single sleeves, the single audio and the tracklist and an article from The Scottish Sun. We'll be updating.

Audio "THE CONVERSATION" (single):


Audio "THE CONVERSATION", Texas:


Letra / Lyric:
Time to have a conversation 
It's never what you wanna hear 
It's funny how much words can hurt you 
Even after all these years 

I wanna make an observation 
'bout how you tear your world apart 
And every time I try to tell you 
You blame it on your fickle heart 

How they're hurting you (hurting you) 
Whether they're deserting you (deserting you) 
It's always so unfair to you (unfair to you) 
It's time to have a conversation 

Give it up (give you up) 
Never gonna hold you up (hold you up) 
You've always been afraid of love (afraid of love) 
It's time to have a conversation 

Waking up is never easy 
So why don't you come over here 
Tell me 'bout the dreams that haunt you 
Tell me about your secret fears 

I wanna change your whole perception 
If only I could make you see 
How it's all your own creation 
That's bringing you this misery 

How they're hurting you (hurting you) 
Whether they're deserting you (deserting you) 
It's always so unfair to you (unfair to you) 
It's time to have a conversation 

Give it up (give you up) 
Never gonna hold you up (hold you up) 
You've always been afraid of love (afraid of love) 
It's time to have a conversation 

The words you hear in your head 
Were never said, were never said 
The heart you break - mistake 
For me instead, for me instead 

How they're hurting you (hurting you) 
Whether they're deserting you (deserting you) 
It's always so unfair to you (unfair to you) 
It's time to have a conversation 

Give it up (give you up) 
Never gonna hold you up (hold you up) 
You've always been afraid of love (afraid of love) 
It's time to have a conversation 

How they're hurting you (hurting you) 
Whether they're deserting you (deserting you) 
It's always so unfair to you (unfair to you) 
It's time to have a conversation 

Give it up (give you up) 
Never gonna hold you up (hold you up) 
You've always been afraid of love (afraid of love) 
It's time to have a conversation

Album Tracklist:
1. The Conversation (La conversación)
2. Dry Your Eyes (Seca tus ojos)
3. If It Isn't Real (Si no es real)
4. Detroit City 
5. I Will Always (Siempre lo haré)
6. Talk About Love (Hablar de amor)
7. Hid From The Light (Escondido de la luz)
8. Be True (Sé sincero)
9. Maybe I (Quizás yo)
10. Hearts Are Made To Stray (Los corazones estan hechos para alejarse)
11. Big World (Gran mundo)
12. I Need Time (Necesito tiempo)



Sharleen Spiteri: It’s great to be back... made all the better that Ally is with us

Texas star on band's return after eight years



ROCKERS Texas are back with a new album but it’s the return to action of lead guitarist Ally McErlaine that is most poignant for frontwoman Sharleen Spiteri.


After eight years in cold storage the Scots five-piece have returned with new release The Conversation.

But making the album was emotional as they were all on tenterhooks to see how Ally fared after battling back from a massive brain aneurysm which put him in a coma for nine weeks in 2009.

Seeing him back on form reassured the band — also made up of bass player Johnny McElhone, keyboardist Eddie Camp and guitarist Tony McGovern — that they were destined to make music.

Sharleen, 45, explained: “All of us were all looking at Ally on that first day, wondering how he was going to deal with it.

“We’d heard him play guitar and knew the ability was there with the old stuff. But we didn’t know about a new album, how long would he last? Would he get tired? All those questions were there.

“But he’s absolutely brilliant, it wasn’t a problem.”

She added: “I remember when I got the call when Ally had the aneurysm. I remember feeling there was something wrong with the right side of my body as Ally always stands to my right on stage. I felt something was off.

“Then when we rehearsed the new songs, it was the right balance and it was how things are supposed to be.

“After what happened, there was also this big realisation for him too — he felt ‘I am a guitarist’. That was his exact place in life.

“Sometimes you are disillusioned and you do think, ‘Is this it?’

“As you get older, you ask all those questions.
“Then things happen and you realise the important thing is how you feel — that whatever you do feels right and is important to you. I feel that about being in this band.”
Sharleen admits the new album is packed full of good songs, otherwise they wouldn’t have bothered coming back.
She said: “Shock horror — I bet everyone is saying, ‘It’s taken them f***ing long enough’.
“All these songs have been done in the last year and a half — it’s all new stuff. It just felt right and it was time to do it. We wanted to make another Texas record.
“It was a really good laugh — there was a lot of late night and drunken p***ing about.
“But I think it’s hysterical I’m doing all these interviews and talking about it, but no one has heard it. We’ve only played it to family and friends. They say they love it.
“You hear it and you go ‘Of course it sounds like Texas’.
“But it sounds new and not dated. The truth is, it was all about the songwriting.”
One famous name who’s given the Glasgow band the thumbs-up for the new album is football superstar and Sharleen’s good mate Thierry Henry.
She said: “Thierry’s heard the new album and he likes it.
“So let’s see what happens. But you know, it would come out even if he wasn’t giving us the thumbs-up — I don’t really care if he likes it or not.
“You’ve got to give yourself the thumbs-up first, then if everyone does it’s a plus.”
Ally’s brush with death caused the band to look back at their glittering career — which began with a gig at Dundee Uni in 1988.
Sharleen — who dates Welsh celeb chef Bryn Williams — said: “Friendship and your family is more important than anything else.
“I just happen to be lucky enough that those two intertwine in my life. I do something with people I’ve grown up with and are a very important part of my life. It’s something I love doing, they all do too.
“It isn’t any more or less important than it was, but what does change is your appreciation when you’re able to look back.
“I was thinking recently and I was like ‘Bloody hell, we’ve been doing this for 25 years’.
“Then people point out things. I was being interviewed the other day and this journalist told me there hasn’t been a female-fronted band since us.
“I was like don’t be stupid but then suddenly I thought about it.
“And he was bloody right — I hate when journalists are right, I really hate it.”
And Texas are brave enough to admit they’re worried whether punters will still want to buy their album.
They’ve got a stellar list of past hits including anthems I Don’t Want a Lover, Halo, Black Eyed Boy, Inner Smile and Summer Son. They know their comeback stuff is good, but it’s up to the fans if it does the business in the charts.
Sharleen said: “We did a couple of festivals last summer. You’re up on stage and you can see really clearly.
“I’m looking out thinking ‘I know the oldies here have all our records’. And then you’re looking at 20-odd-year-olds singing and thinking ‘How the hell do they know these songs?’ They weren’t the people who bought our records, it was their parents.
“Fingers crossed that we do well in the charts this time around but I don’t know who’s going to buy this record — hopefully lots of people will.
“At the end of the day we can hold our heads high and know we’ve made a good record.
“That’s all you can do.
“And if we haven’t all recharged our batteries enough after eight years off then, Christ, we don’t deserve to be doing this job.”
SHARLEEN’S daughter Misty Kyd is delighted that her mum is back with the band — because she loves getting celebrity PERKS.
Sharleen admitted: “Does she enjoy it? I wouldn’t say that. I’d say, she’s a lucky wee b******.
“She will probably end up saying, ‘Mum you’re so embarrassing’.
“My daughter saw me do a few festivals last year and saw me doing what I do.
“She’s 10 and is proud. But, to be really honest, all my kid is thinking about is who else is on at this festival?
“She just knows her mum is singing and she knows all my songs as they’ve been in her life since the day she was born.
“While we’re working, she hears the albums as they are being written.”
Sharleen admitted the rocker lifestyle was nothing new to the 10-year-old because she had been involved with the band since she was tiny.
She added: “She’s at that age where she wants to see who she can meet and is asking me if she can stand at the side of the stage or go out to the front.
“She’s into it all and gets involved in all the things around the band.”

Enlace actualizaciones / Updates link: @ TexasInDemand.

24/3/13

ALISON MOYET @ GRAHAM NORTON BBC2 RADIO



Alison Moyet concedió ayer su primera entrevista sobre su nuevo álbum "THE MINUTES" ("Los minutos") para el programa de Graham Norton en BBC Radio2. Aquí incluimos resumen de su página web y enlace al audio, todo en inglés, claro.

Alison Moyet gave her first interview about her new album "THE MINUTES" for Graham Norton's BBC Radio2 programme. We're including a summary from her webpage and link to audio.

ALISON GIVES FIRST INTERVIEW ABOUT "THE MINUTES".

Alison Moyet appeared on the Graham Norton show on BBC Radio 2 today to speak about her forthcoming album, ‘the minutes’, which is released in the UK on May 6. The singer revealed how the album got its title. 
“Basically, we all feel slightly cheated when our life does not end up being this stream of joy and one thing that you do understand when you come middle aged is that it was never about that, it was always a lie, that it was always about fantastic minutes that are suspended in years, and that’s what this is about” Alison told listeners about the new album. “All the years of fighting to make a creative record for myself rather than do a covers album. These are my minutes.”
In the interview, Alison revealed that the sound of the single of ‘When I Was Your Girl’ is quite unusual for the album and was the one that radio was more likely to play.
Another hint about ‘the minutes’ is that some tracks are very much about the single whereas others are about the vibe of the track. Graham noted that Alison’s voice is more produced on some of the tracks than he had heard it before.
Alison warned fans to expect the electronica of a very programmed, produced album as opposed to electro.
The singer revealed that she and Guy had written the album over three years, having rejected lots of album deals that were only about Etta James covers. And praised her new record label Cooking Vinyl for taking the record on without trying change it.
Alison confirmed that touring this album would involve computers and screens and would allow her to revisit Yazoo tracks and early solo material that she has been unable to in recent solo tours with a generic band.
Intriguingly Alison admitted that she thinks this will be her favourite album of her own in that it works lyrically and sonically for her.

"MIRACLE", HURTS, THE VIDEO




Hoy toca otro estreno, el del nuevo video de Hurts "MIRACLE" ("Milagro"), no podemos quejarnos con los estrenos que llevamos últimamente.

Today it's the turn to premiere Hurts' new video "MIRACLE", we can't complain about the new videos we have premiered lately.

Video "MIRACLE", Hurts:

23/3/13

OMD, "METROLAND", THE VIDEO



Estrenamos el video del nuevo single de OMD "METROLAND". Regreso a los videos musicales animados! Parecen los años 80...

Premiering the video of OMD's new single "METROLAND". Back to cartoon music videos! It seems we're in the 80s...


Video "METROLAND", OMD:

22/3/13

BYE, BEBO!



El músico cubano Bebo Valdés ha muerto hoy a los 94 años en Suecia. Valdés, establecido en Málaga, se había trasladado hace dos semanas al país nórdico, donde viven algunos de sus hijos, debido a un empeoramiento de su estado de salud. El pianista, compositor y arreglista sufría Alzheimer desde hace tiempo. Dionisio Ramón Emilio Valdés Amaro (nacido en 1918 Quivicán) fue una de las figuras centrales de la época dorada de la música cubana y del jazz afrocubano. Bye, Bebo!

Cuban musician Bebo Valdes died today at the age of 94 in Sweden. Valdés, living in Malaga. had moved to the northern country, where some of his sons live, two weeks ago as his health had worsened. The pianist, composer and arranger was suffereing from Alzheimer for some time. Dionisio Ramón Emilio Valdés Amaro (born in 1918 in Quivican) was one of the most important figures of the golden age of Cuban and Afroamerican jazz music. Bye, Bebo!
Audio "LA BELLA CUBANA", Bebo Valdés (piano):


DIDO, "THE GIRL WHO GOT AWAY" (ACOUSTIC) + INTERVIEW



Hoy os ofrecemos la versión acústica de la canción que da título al nuevo álbum de Dido "THE GIRL WHO GOT AWAY" ("La chica que escapó"). Disfrutadla...

Today we're presenting the acoustic version of the song which gives the title to Dido's latest album "THE GIRL WHO GOT AWAY". Enjoy it...

Video "THE GIRL WHO GOT AWAY", Dido (acoustic live):


Video interview + DIDO:


ENLACE / LINK @ npr.org.

21/3/13

ABBA VERSION GLEE



Glee —en inglés estadounidense: «coro o regocijo»— es una serie de televisión cómica-musical emitida por la cadena Fox desde el 19 de mayo de 2009 "MAMMA MIA!" será una canción presentada en el décimo séptimo capitulo de la cuarta temporada y será cantada por RachelKurtSantanaMarleyBlaineSamUnique y Kitty y que se estrenará esta noche.

Glee is a comedy musical TV series broadcasted on Fox TV-channel since 19th May 2009. "MAMMA MIA!" will be the song presented on the seventeenth episode of the fourth season and will be performed by Rachel, Kurt, Santana, Marley, Blaine, Sam, Unique & Kitty and will be premiered tonight.



Video "MAMMA MIA" @ Glee (4ª temporada / season):

Video "MAMMA MIA" @ Glee (preview):


Audio "DANCING QUEEN" @ Glee (2ª temporada/season):



Audio "MAMMA MIA" @ Glee:

20/3/13

ALISON MOYET, "WHEN I WAS YOUR GIRL", THE VIDEO




Estrenamos el primer nuevo video de lo nuevo de Alison Moyet "WHEN I WAS YOUR GIRL" ("Cuando era tu chica"), extraído de su nuevo álbum "THE MINUTES".

We're premiering the first new video of Alison Moyet's latest work "WHEN I WAS YOUR GIRL", taken from her new album "THE MINUTES".

Video "WHEN I WAS YOUR GIRL", Alison Moyet:



Crítica al single / Single review @ RenownedForSound.

AGNETHA @ "THE GUARDIAN"



El periódico inglés "The Guardian" también dedicó un artículo a Agnetha, la semana pasada. Aquí en inglés.

British newspaper "The Guardian" also devoted an article to Agnetha kast week. Here it is.

Abba's Agnetha Fältskog returns – and unravels the mystery of her silence

Like David Bowie and Kate Bush, Fältskog has attained almost mystical status through her extended absence, but the Swedish singer is now exploding the myths that have formed around her
Agnetha Fältskog has one of the all-time great pop voices: crystal clear, delicate and equally at home channelling the euphoric disco and sublime heartbreak that became Abba's stock-in trade throughout their extraordinary heyday. Hardly suprising, then, that news of her first new album release in nine years – and her first of original material since 1987 – has caused something of a media frenzy.
Like her fellow recently reactivated pop icon David Bowie, the fascination that Fältskog still commands is as much to do with narrative as nostalgia. The shy Swedish beauty with the knockout voice, married to one of her bandmates and forced to sing a series of gut-wrenchingly personal songs about their subsequent divorce in front of an audience of millions ... before being driven to paranoia and seclusion when the group finally imploded. As the ultimate expression of pop as soap opera, only Fleetwood Mac comes close.
The problem with this image of Fältskog as one of the music industry's archetypally tragic victims is that it isn't really accurate. True, she has kept a low profile since the Abba days, but in a recent interview she expressed frustration at the perception that she is some kind of isolated Greta Garbo figure.
"I have been described as very mysterious, but I'm not," she said, "I think I'm just very grounded. My life contains so many other things; I have my children, my grandchildren, my two dogs, and a big place in the country. I have my own life."
Even her move away from regular recording happened much more gradually than many assume. She released three English-language solo albums in the 80s to moderate success, but never quite found the material to match the incredible songs written for her by Benny and Björn. In the UK, her sole top 40 hit of that decade was a ghastly reggae-tinged number called The Heat Is On. She fared better on the mainland with the bouncy synth-pop hit I Won't Let You Go and seductive balladWrap Your Arms Around Me – widely considered by hardcore fans to be one of her most underrated recordings.
However, like many pop stars approaching middle age, she found her record sales rapidly diminishing, and her own interest in the promotional carousel waning. Footage of her being forced to dance alongside a 6ft kangaroo on a German children's TV show in 1985 suggests her decision to retreat from the limelight was eminently sensible rather than perverse.
Another reason for her near-silence over the last 25 years is her terror of flying (owing to a traumatic experience while touring the US with Abba in 1979, which saw her plane make an emergency landing after flying into the middle of a tornado). She travelled almost exclusively overground during the 80s, and did no international promotion for her 2004 comeback album, My Colouring Book – a collection of standards that still managed to yield her biggest solo hit to date in the UK, a tender reworking of Cilla Black's If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind.
Her long absence from public view may be down to more mundane reasons than commonly reported, but as with Bowie and Kate Bush, it has still proven to be a far more effective promotional tool than a lifetime spent touring the international chatshow circuit. The compelling domestic drama that spawned Abba's biggest hits, combined with their steadfast refusal to get back together, has resulted in the singer attaining an almost mystical quality, her few public appearances the subject of breathless rumour and anticipation.
Suggestions that she was finally ready to launch a comeback first circulated late last year, with reports that she was in the studio with producer Jörgen Elofsson – who has written hits for Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson and Leona Lewis. The first fruits of this collaboration were released this week, as the lead single When You Really Loved Someone was premiered. It's a classic pop ballad that could easily pass for a hit by an artist such as Lewis, but is given extra gravitas by Fältskog's more mature yet still remarkably pure voice. It's not likely to join The Winner Takes It All and SOS in the annals of the all-time greats, but it's a creditable, dignified return.
By all accounts, her forthcoming album, A, due for release on 13 May, will continue to stick close to the clean-cut pop sound that made her name. The prospect of a duet with Gary Barlow may send a chill down the spine, but there's also the promise of the "rousing disco number" Dance Your Pain Away, and a rare self-penned closer, the quirkily titled I Keep Them on the Floor Beside My Bed. One presumes the latter will be some sort of metaphor for distant memories, rather than discarded knickers. But from the woman whose former band mined pop gold from the subject of – among other things – the fall of Napoleon, the revitalising power of stage lighting in Glasgow and political agitation in the Soviet Union, you can never really take anything for granted.


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