Sunday, 8 August 2010

Joepie, 1978: ABBA sneakily moved to London

For quite some time, there have been rumours that ABBA was planning to leave Sweden, because of its heavy tax burden. First there was talk of moving to Los Angeles, then it was Switzerland, but the eventual choice fell upon London, more specifically the residential district Mayfair.
Mayfair, almost a square-shaped neighbourhood, is more or less fenced in by Marble Arch, Picadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park. It’s not exactly clear why they decided to take residence officially in England (the taxes are at least equally heavy), although it is generally assumed that they – as foreigners – will be able to benefit from a special and profitable arrangement. Their assets in Stockholm have not been sold, because the four of them are planning to keep on living there. It’s just that they will have to stay at their official residence a couple of days per year, in order to be eligible for that special arrangement.
Anna, Frida, Björn and Benny themselves have not spoken one word about this mysterious move. The aforementioned facts are neither being denied nor confirmed, which more or less equals a silent confirmation.
In the meantime, a track from the new album – ‘Eagle’ – has been chosen as the new single. A song that will undoubtedly provide them with their umpteenth worldwide hit...

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