Friday, 22 April 2011

Muziek Expres, August 1979: ABBA are wholesalers in platinum

Perhaps everybody is already aware of it, but still, for those few people who don’t read newspapers or listen to the radio, the following: the Swedish group ABBA is coming to Holland. On October 24, they will perform a one-off concert at the Ahoy hall in Rotterdam. Since there is room for only 8.000 people in that venue, it is necessary to get tickets as soon as possible.

ABBA’s concert is part of a gigantic world tour that will kick off in Sweden on October 16 and that will take the foursome to countries such as Denmark, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium and also America and Canada. Rumour has it that this might very well be the last time that the quartet will operate in the familiar line-up, since several members of the group want to venture out in other territories. And this happens at a time when ABBA’s popularity is starting to go through the roof. In England, they achieved an absolute record with their latest album ‘Voulez-Vous’ by entering the album charts at number one, straight from nothing. A feat that no other pop group or pop hero has been able to achieve in the past. The result: a platinum award within one week after the release date. The group is doing very well in The Netherlands as well. In the meantime, it has become clear that the album has achieved double platinum status. In other words: more than 200.000 copies were sold.

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