By July, their new single should have been released, and for that reason they’ve been in the recording studio for weeks on end. But the critical masterminds of ABBA, Björn and Benny, still weren’t able to make up their minds. They gave green light to a holiday, after which they will continue their recording sessions again.
Especially Agnetha was very relieved: now she will be able to spend the summer with her children after all...
“We have finished recording four brand new songs for the new album,” Björn explained: ‘When All Is Said And Done’, ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’, ‘Two For The Price Of One’ and ‘An Angel Passing Through The Room’. All songs are composed by Björn and Benny and all of them are good songs, but: “These songs aren’t suitable to become a single A-side. That’s why we’ve decided to postpone the release of the new single until September/October. That’s the reason why we have to keep you in suspense for such a long time.”
The album should be released in November. But still, ABBA has prepared a summer surprise for their German fans: the tracks ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’/‘On And On And On’ from the ‘Super Trouper’ album have just been released as a Disco-Maxi-Single in our country.
In the meantime – until Björn and Benny will get back to work in the studio in August – the four Swedes have withdrawn in their homes with their new life partners. Benny shares his town house with his girlfriend, television presenter Mona Nörklit.
The wildest rumours are going around about the new boyfriend of the dark-haired ABBA singer Anni-Frid. Because Benny’s ex-wife won’t reveal whether it’s her bodyguard and personal driver Lars ‘Blomman’ Blomberg or the Swedish financial manager Bertil Hjert (37). His Mercedes Coupe is often parked for days in front of Anni-Frid’s residence.
Instead, blonde Agnetha is making no headlines at all. Since her divorce from Björn, she has withdrawn with both her children in her country house.
Björn and his second wife Lena Källersjö are living a quiet life in their Stockholm residence as well. Their ‘love nest’ is hidden behind a wall, protected by an intercom. In October, the same month wherein the new single is due to appear, Björn and Lena are expecting their first baby.
Even though the ABBA members are devoting their time completely to their families these days, they are still successful on a musical level: in the beginning of June, when ABBA manager Stig Anderson and John Spalding were in New York to renew the record deals for New York and Canada, the group was proclaimed ‘Vocal Group of the Year’ over there.