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ABBA's Agnetha Faltskog Makes Live Return At London Charity Concert

November 13th, 2013 9:19am EST
Agnetha Faltskog
On Tuesday, ABBA star Agnetha Faltskog astonished fans by hitting the stage for a surprise performance at a London charity concert, marking her first high-profile performance in 25 years.

The Swedish singer, who has reportedly not performed in front of an audience for more than two decades, was the surprise guest at Gary Barlow's Children In Need Rocks concert, which was held at the city's Eventim Apollo venue.

Faltskog performed her duet with Barlow, I should've Followed You Home, to raise cash for the BBC's annual Children In Need charity event, which supports underprivileged kids aro...
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Paul Simon And Yo-Yo Ma To Share 2012 Polar Music Prize

May 8th, 2012 12:41pm EDT
Paul Simon
Music icon Paul Simon has been chosen to receive Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize.

The singer will share the honor with cellist Yo-Yo Ma after they were selected by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

Hailing Simon's career, a college spokesman said, "Nobody else is more deserving of the epithet of 'world-class songwriter'. For five decades, Paul Simon has built bridges not only over troubled waters but over entire oceans by rejoining the world's continents with his music. Paul Simon has compiled a library of songs which will remain open to future generations."

The ceremony will...
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ABBA To Release New Song

January 25th, 2012 9:12pm EST
ABBA
Seventies supergroup ABBA are to release their first new song in 18 years after stumbling upon a lost recording while making plans for the reissue of their final album "The Visitors."

"From a Twinkling Star to a Passing Angel" will become available in April.

The track comes from a demo recorded around the time "The Visitors" was released in 1981. It will be the first new ABBA recording released since the box set "Thank You for the Music" was issued in 1994, according to RollingStone.com.

The new version of "The Visitors" will also include six previously released bonus tracks and a DVD fe...
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ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus Thrilled By New Copyright Law Passed By European Union

September 12th, 2011 9:38pm EDT
Bjorn Ulvaeus
ABBA star Bjorn Ulvaeus was thrilled by a new ruling by the European Union that will see the copyright on sound recordings extended from 50 to 70 years.

"Now I won't have to see ABBA being used in a TV commercial," he says.

The ruling was the result of a proposal from British singer Cliff Richard, who proposed to give composers an extra 25 years to benefit from their creations. On Monday, members of the European Union Council voted in favor of the "Saviour's Day" singer's proposal; however instead of 25 years they extended the copyright on sound recordings by 20 years.

Under the 50-year...
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'Glee' Recap: Bully Whips and Dancing Queens

May 11th, 2011 2:05pm EDT
GLEE: Blaine Darren Criss
Prom Elections are in full swing and New Directions is filling in for Air Supply as the house band. While most of the club is pretty psyched about the news, but our beloved Mercedes is hung up on the fact that she doesn’t have a date. She was really Jonesing for that Cinderella moment and damn it, new best friend to all, Rachel Berry, is going to give it to her. Sam is recruited and agrees that with a little financial aid, he’s up for the job of accompanying both divas to their big night.

Kurt asks Blaine to prom and with a bit of gentle open-minded prodding he agrees. The more important q...
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Patti Smith Wins Sweden's Polar Music Prize

May 3rd, 2011 1:44pm EDT
Patti Smith
Punk icon Patti Smith has been selected to receive Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize.

The rocker will share the honor, which is handed out by the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, with the Kronos Quartet.

The prize committee which selected Smith insisted that "by devoting her life to art in all its forms, Patti Smith has demonstrated how much rock 'n' roll there is in poetry and how much poetry there is in rock 'n' roll."

The judges added that the 64 year old "has transformed the way an entire generation looks, thinks, and dreams."

Both Smith and the string quartet will be invited ...
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The Top 20 Dance Songs Of All Time Will Help Get You Ready For 'The Big Dance' & 'Dancing With The Stars'

March 17th, 2011 7:09pm EDT
Lady Gaga
One thing that basketball courts and ballrooms have in common are the hardwood floors, and with March Madness in full swing, it's time to dance!

Whether you're excited for the NCAA Tournament (aka The Big Dance) or if you're sitting back anticipating the next season of Dancing With The Stars, one thing's for sure - there's gonna be a whole lot of dancin' going on in the next few weeks! (And months if you're waiting for some ballroom action!)

With the two competitions getting underway - the NCAA Basketball tourney today and Monday night's premiere of Dancing With The Stars's 12th season, w...
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Amanda Seyfried Says 'Mamma Mia!' Sequel Will Never Happen

March 3rd, 2011 1:58pm EST
Amanda
Amanda Seyfried is adamant a Mamma Mia! sequel will never make it to the big screen because script writers have nowhere to take the story.

The ABBA stage show became a box office phenomenon when it was transformed into a 2008 film, overtaking Grease as the world's top-earning movie musical after pulling in a mammoth $600 million in global ticket sales.

Following the film's success, Seyfried admitted she spread rumors of a sequel around Hollywood because she was desperate to return to her role as love struck Sophie.

But now the actress has conceded she will never play the part again - ...
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Odds Of An ABBA Reunion Get Better

January 6th, 2011 9:56pm EST
ABBA
News suggesting ABBA star Agnetha Faltskog is keen to reunite with her "Mamma Mia!" bandmates for a series of special concerts have sent Britain's bookmakers into a frenzy.

Oddsmakers at William Hill are accepting bets on the band performing at the Glastonbury festival this summer and superfans are putting money on the band playing as part of Prince William and Kate Middleton's spring wedding celebrations.

Meanwhile, British bookmakers have slashed the odds of ABBA landing a number one this year - from 20/1 to 5/1.

In an interview published last week, Faltskog said she would consider get...
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Colin Firth: 'I'm Dying To Be A Transvestite'

December 28th, 2010 11:35am EST
Colin Firth
Colin Firth is eager to shed his serious movie image - he'd love to play "a transvestite or a stripper" on the big screen.

The British actor shot to fame in a 1990s TV adaption of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice and has since gone on to play stoic roles in films like Girl with a Pearl Earring and first-time director Tom Ford's acclaimed 2009 movie A Single Man.

Firth is tipped for Oscar glory next year with his portrayal of stuttering monarch King George VI in new royal drama The King's Speech - but the actor admits he'd like to take on a very different role next.

He says, "I'm dying ...
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Meryl Streep Sang ABBA Tunes At Emily Blunt's Wedding

July 30th, 2010 8:13pm EDT
Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep joined in the celebrations at Emily Blunt's recent wedding by teaming up with the bride and groom's moms to sing ABBA songs.

Blunt tied the knot with actor John Krasinski in a lavish ceremony earlier this month in the grounds of George Clooney's Lake Como villa in Italy.

Clooney, who directed Krasinski in "Leatherheads," hosted the reception, which the happy couple shared with stars including Matt Damon, Bill Nighy and Blunt's "The Devil Wears Prada" co-star Streep.

And Streep wasn't afraid to let loose at the party on a cruise around Lake Como, bonding with both Blunt and K...
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Music Exec Chose Led Zeppelin Reunion Over Wife's Dead Father

July 10th, 2010 5:15pm EDT
Led Zeppelin
Music mogul Harvey Goldsmith almost missed out on the one-off Led Zeppelin reunion he helped stage in 2007 - because his father-in-law died as the supergroup were about to take the stage.

The British promoter put the Ahmet Ertegun tribute show together in London after meeting with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page at the label boss and producer's memorial.

Goldsmith introduced the show at the O2 Arena and then heard his wife Diana's father had died as he left the stage.

He tells CelebrityAccess.com, "It was very difficult. Very difficult. It was quite odd really. I went onstage and introduced ...
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Amanda Seyfried's Va-Jay-Jay Slang Tattoo

March 31st, 2010 9:16am EDT
Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried has shown her cheeky sense of humor - the actress has a crude slang term for female genitalia tattooed on her left foot.

The Mamma Mia! actress stunned reporters at the London premiere of her latest film Dear John by sporting the word 'minge' - a British expression for vagina - on her foot.

And the star revealed she got the naughty body-art following her role in the big-screen ABBA musical after hearing her Brit co-star Colin Firth and real-life boyfriend Dominic Cooper use the term.

She explained, "It's to make me laugh, and every time I look at it, I do."

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ABBA To Reunite? (Video)

March 26th, 2010 12:01pm EDT
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With the movie version of Mamma Mia! a hit and the musical becoming a high-selling show around the world, ABBA is eying a return to the stage for the first time in 20 years.

The band never really announced a break-up, but they hadn't performed as ABBA since the early 80s. Now there are hints they may get back together, even if the performers prefer to remember the way it was.

In mid-March give it an other try and have a reunion tour?

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Tom Hanks Plans To Make Green Day's 'American Idiot' Into A Movie

March 23rd, 2010 2:00pm EDT
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks and his production partner Gary Goetzman want to turn Green Day's "American Idiot" album into a new movie.

The concept album has already been turned into a hit stage musical and now Hanks and his Playtone partner want to put it on the big screen, according to Internet reports.

Playtone was the company behind hit Abba musical "Mamma Mia!"

The "American Idiot" stage show opens at the St. James Theatre on Broadway later this week after scoring sell outs and success in California.

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ABBA, Hollies, Genesis, Iggy Pop Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

March 16th, 2010 8:40am EDT
Iggy Pop
British rockers Genesis, The Stooges and ABBA have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the class of 2010.

The ceremony at New York's Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Monday night opened with Phish paying tribute to Genesis by performing their rendition of "Watcher of the Skies," before frontman Trey Anastasio stepped forward to share his experiences about the band's influence on his own music career.

Introducing "the quiet rebels of Genesis" to the stage, Anastasio handed over the microphone to Phil Collins, Anthony Phillips, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett - but former singe...
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Fuse's 'Rock Monster March' Continues Genesis, David Bowie and Bob Marley

March 14th, 2010 1:00pm EDT
Genesis
Fuse continues to be the rock music mecca this month with an extensive lineup of classic rock programming. As “Rock Monster March” rolls along, this weekend fans can view concert footage from former Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Genesis, Bob Marley and David Bowie. And all the great programming this month has been leading up to the live airing of the 2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony!

For the second year in a row, Fuse is the exclusive television partner of the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, bringing viewers front and center for the big...
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Mika's Sophomore Album, 'The Boy Who Knew Too Much', Due Sept. 22

August 23rd, 2009 9:00am EDT
Mika New Album new CD The Boy Who Knew Too Much
Multi-platinum recording artist Mika will release his sophomore album, "The Boy Who Knew Too Much", on September 22nd via Casablanca/Universal Republic Records. Produced by Mika and Greg Wells (Katy Perry, P!nk), this record is the highly anticipated follow-up to 2007's Life in Cartoon Motion, which sold over 5 million copies worldwide. The new album features guest contributions by Imogen Heap and Final Fantasy's Owen Pallett, and contains brilliant first single, "We Are Golden," which was unveiled with an exclusive first play on England's Radio 1 on July 20th. A video for the track, hel...
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It's Summertime: A List of Great Summertime Songs

June 19th, 2009 12:32pm EDT
Billy Joel
Like Corrine Bailey Rae sang, "Go put your records on." The song of the same title is the perfect piece of advice for summer. Sunday marks the official first day of summer, and in case you need some new songs for those trips to the beach, barbeques, and even for still being stuck at work, here's our picks for the best summer songs.

The Beach Boys, "Come and Go With Me" (1978) - No group better embodies the spirit of summer than The Beach Boys, so picking just one of their songs isn't an easy task. Rather going for the more obvious, kitschy beach themed songs like "Surfin' Safari," "Calif...
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Listen Here: Erasure Takes Pop! To Another Level With New Box Set

April 4th, 2009 12:28am EDT
Erasure
Rhino Presents Career-Spanning Boxed Set (3CD/DVD) Featuring Newly Remastered Versions of All The Band's Singles on Two Discs, a CD of Vintage Live Performances, And a DVD of Rare Live BBC Performances Available From Rhino April 7

Erasure's world-conquering anthems of love, lust and longing have made it one of the most beloved and enduring success stories in modern British pop music history. After more than two decades, Andy Bell and Vince Clarke (founding member of Depeche Mode and Yaz) have sold more than 15 million albums around the globe, proving themselves masters of every kind of...
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Writer's Viewpoint: Disputing An Iconic Song List

January 30th, 2009 2:14pm EST
Beatles
It takes a cataclysmic event to derail Overrated/Underrated from its usual Friday spot. Currently the Oscars have been serving as that disruptive force, but this week interruption comes from the most unlikely source: a sports columnist from the Kansas City Star.

This is because Joe Posnanski has suggested on his blog that we stop voting artists into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame and shift our focus to Hall-Worthy songs. Songs he deems "Iconic". His criterion for including a song on the ballot is that it be "A song that represents a set of beliefs or a way of life. So, I see these s...
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Sing Along To 'Dancing Queen' From 'Mamma Mia! The Movie'

December 16th, 2008 5:00pm EST
Mamma Mia! The Movie
Mamma Mia! The Movie is out on DVD today, check out these bonus clips from the film, including outtakes, behinde the scenes and more; and sing along to ABBA's classic hit, "Dancing Queen!"

"Dancing Queen" Sing Along clip:

Anatomy of a Musical Number: Lay All Your Love on Me:

Becoming a Singer:

A Look Inside:

Outtakes:

The Making of "Mamma Mia!":

-Enter here for the chance to win one of five copies of "Mamma Mia!" on DVD!
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'Mamma Mia!' The Movie Comes To DVD And Blu-ray Dec. 16; Win A Copy!

November 27th, 2008 10:00am EST
Mamma Mia!
Two-time Oscar® winner Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada) and Pierce Brosnan (Die Another Day) lead an all-star cast in the most infectiously fun movie of the year, Mamma Mia! The Movie, coming to DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def on December 16, 2008 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. For a limited time only, the worldwide movie phenomenon is available in 2-disc Special Edition widescreen DVD and 2-Disc Blu-ray Hi-Def with digital copy. Both versions are packed with bonus materials including a deleted musical number and a bonus feature which provides onscreen lyrics so that viewers can sing...
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Tim Rice Set For Walk Of Fame Honor

November 16th, 2008 4:00pm EST
The Lion King
Acclaimed British songwriter Tim Rice is to be honored with the 2,375th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Oscar winner Rice will be inducted into the famous Tinseltown landmark by Disney Studios chairman Dick Cook on November 20.

Rice has contributed lyrics to hit Disney movies Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and The Lion King - and was named a Disney Legend in 2002 - but he enjoyed much of his success with theater impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The two Brits first teamed up to pen the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in the late 1960s.

As lyricist behind...
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A Look At All The Actors Who Have Played 007

November 13th, 2008 10:56am EST
Quantum of Solace
This Friday, Sir Ian Fleming's James Bond is back in theaters. Daniel Craig has brought a brute anger to the role that has not quite been seen before. In the very least, as we learned in the 2006 version of Casino Royale, he certainly does not care any longer how his martini is served. Craig is under contract for one more Bond film after Quantum of Solace, but what if he does not return after that twenty-third film? What will his post Bond career look like? Let's take a look at all the actors who have played 007 -- rouge film, or not -- and what their post Bond careers looked like.

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Sarah Brightman To Release First Ever Christmas CD, 'A Winter Symphony,' Nov. 4

October 18th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Sarah Brightman
It continues to be a stellar year for soprano Sarah Brightman, who recently captivated the world with her stunning performance at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 World Olympics. Brightman was chosen as the sole international performer to perform at the Olympic opening ceremony and was given the honor of singing the Olympic theme song, "You and Me," with Chinese star Liu Huan. The song was a highlight of the spectacular opening ceremony, which was broadcast to over five billion viewers. In only 26 hours after the ceremony, "You and Me" was downloaded a staggering 5.7 million times. ...
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'Mamma Mia! - The Movie' Soundtrack & Original Cast Recording Tops Charts

August 7th, 2008 6:00pm EDT
Mamma Mia!
In an astounding week of sales across the board, both Mamma Mia! The Movie Soundtrack and the Mamma Mia! Original Cast Album are runaway smashes, ruling the Billboard, iTunes and Amazon charts.

The Movie Soundtrack has garnered the #3 chart position on Billboard's Top 200, achieved #1 status overall on the iTunes Music Store, and #1 on the Billboard Soundtrack chart, all in its third week of release.

Additionally, the Soundtrack's debut marked the highest charting week ever in history for an ABBA recording. Eight years after its release, The Original Cast Recording also curre...
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Slideshow: See Photos From This Weekend's Films

July 18th, 2008 8:00am EDT
The Dark Knight
It's going to be a bat-tacular weekend with the opening of the highly anticipated "The Dark Knight" starring Christian Bale as the caped crusader and Heath Ledger as the demonic Joker.

ABBA aficionados will put on their dancing shoes to see the big-screen adaptation of "Mamma Mia!" starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan.

And for the little ones who are too young to see the villains in "The Dark Knight" or appreciate the humor in "Mamma Mia!," there's Space Chimps, a computer-animated comedy following the descendants of the first chimps in space as they blast off for fun and ad...
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ABBA Hits Sung By Hollywood Cast Of 'Mamma Mia'

July 4th, 2008 9:30am EDT
Mamma Mia!
Meryl Streep leads an all-star cast in the feature-film adaptation of the beloved musical that has been seen by more than 30 million people in 170 cities and eight languages around the world. Bringing the timeless lyrics and melodies of iconic super group ABBA to movie audiences, summer 2008 is the season for Mamma Mia! The star-studded soundtrack is the ultimate souvenir to the movie, set for release on Decca July 8.

The feature film adaptation of the global stage hit production brings the magic of ABBA's music to the silver screen. With rising star Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper...
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The Cineplexes Are Alive With The Sound Of Music: The Return Of The Movie Musical

May 6th, 2008 8:30am EDT
Hairspray
On April 22's episode of American Idol, renowned composer and lyricist Andrew Lloyd Weber stood patiently trying to teach a blank-eyed Jason Castro the song, "Memory" from one of history's most popular musicals, "Cats." Smiled the clueless Castro, "I didn't even know a cat was singing it."

Quell'horror! Is this the extent of musical theater knowledge possessed by today's generation? In fairness, Castro is from Texas, not exactly around the corner from Broadway. Perhaps had there been a big-screen version of "Cats," more people under the age of 30 would be hip to the magic and majesty...
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