ABBA considering 'Waterloo' 40th anniversary tour

ABBA considering 'Waterloo' 40th anniversary tour

Nov. 12 (UPI) -- With the 40th anniversary of ABBA's victory at the Eurovision Song Contest just around the corner, the Swedish legends are considering reuniting for the first time in more than 20 years.
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Appeals court to rule on Ulvaeus case

VISBY, Sweden, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- ABBA musician Bjorn Ulvaeus' attempt to build a home on protected land in Sweden is headed back to the Environmental Court of Appeal, Swedish media report.
Ex-ABBA mates team up for new songs

Ex-ABBA mates team up for new songs

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, May 8 (UPI) -- Swedish singer-songwriters and former ABBA members Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson have introduced their first new tracks in 15 years.
ABBA star opposes 'Mamma Mia!' sequel

ABBA star opposes 'Mamma Mia!' sequel

LONDON, April 12 (UPI) -- Swedish songwriter Bjorn Ulvaeus, who helped write the ABBA tunes used in the movie "Mamma Mia!," says he's opposed to a sequel despite the original's success.
ABBA's Ulvaeus to call Swedish island home

ABBA's Ulvaeus to call Swedish island home

VISBY, Sweden, March 22 (UPI) -- Former ABBA band member Bjorn Ulvaeus has been granted a variance so he can build a home and studio on Sweden's Furillen island, a county official says.
ABBA star wins tax case

ABBA star wins tax case

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Swedish singer and composer Bjorn Ulvaeus, best known for his work with the defunct pop group ABBA, reportedly has been found innocent of tax evasion.
ABBA not planning to reunite

ABBA not planning to reunite

LONDON, July 7 (UPI) -- Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson said their Swedish pop group ABBA has no plans to perform together again.

Abba wins suit on musical's authorship

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, March 23 (UPI) -- Members of the Swedish pop group Abba won their case on the authorship of the musical "Kristina fran Duvemala," the latest event in a 15-year dispute.

Abba, writer dispute play's authorship

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Abba singers Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus took their 15-year-old dispute over authorship of the musical "Kristina fran Duvemala" to a Stockholm court.

Streep to headline 'Mamma Mia!' film

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Academy award winner Meryl Streep has signed on to headline the film adaptation of Swedish pop music group ABBA's musical "Mamma Mia!"

Sweden wants $11.6 million from ABBA star

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The Swedish Tax Board has demanded ABBA star Bjorn Ulvaeus pay it more than $11.6 million for tax discrepancies. Stockholm's Local newspaper said Swedish authorities claim Ulvaeus owned a company based on a low-tax island in the Netherlands Antilles that

Robbie Williams may record with ABBA

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- British pop singer Robbie Williams is said to be in negotiations with the iconic Swedish band ABBA to record one of the group's classic hits together.

Abba frontman charged with tax evasion

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, April 28 (UPI) -- The Swedish government has charged Abba star Bjorn Ulvaeus with failing to pay 87 million kronor ($11.8 million) in taxes on his songs and musicals.

'Mamma Mia!' goes from stage to screen

LOS ANGELES, April 19 (UPI) -- The Abba Broadway musical "Mamma Mia!," scorned by critics and loved by the public, is headed to the big screen.

Abba reunited at 'Mama Mia' premier

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- All four members of Abba gathered under one roof for only the second time in 23 years for the Swedish opening of a musical based on their songs.
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Bjorn Ulvaeus
Swedish songwriter Bjorn Ulvaeus attends the "National Movie Awards" at Royal Festival Hall in London on September 8, 2008. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)

Björn Kristian Ulvaeus (Swedish pronunciation: , born 25 April 1945) is a Swedish musician, composer, a former member of the Swedish musical group ABBA (1972–82), and co-composer of the musicals Chess, Kristina från Duvemåla, and Mamma Mia!. He has recently coproduced the film Mamma Mia! with ex-ABBA member and close-friend Benny Andersson. During the last years Björn Ulvaeus has stepped forward as a frontline critic against the free file sharing of copyrighted material on the internet. He is also a prominent and outspoken member of the International Humanist and Ethical Union's Swedish member organisation Humanisterna.

Ulvaeus was born in Gothenburg, but as a child he moved with his family to Västervik. Ulvaeus studied business and law at Lund University after doing his military service with stand-up comedian Magnus Holmström.

Prior to gaining international recognition with ABBA, Björn was a member of the Swedish folk/schlager band Hootenanny Singers who had an enormous following in Scandinavia. While on the road in southern Sweden in 1966, they encountered the Hep Stars, and Björn quickly became friends with the group’s keyboard player, Benny Andersson. The two musicians shared a passion for songwriting, and each found a composing partner in the other. On meeting again that summer, they composed their first song together: "Isn't It Easy To Say"; a song soon to be recorded by Andersson's group. The two continued teaming up for music, helping out each other's bands in the recording studio, and adding guitar or keyboards respectively to the recordings. In 1968, they composed two songs together: "A Flower In My Garden", recorded by Hep Stars, and their first 'real' hit "Ljuva Sextiotal", for which Stig Anderson wrote lyrics. The latter - a cabarét-style ironic song about the 1960s - was submitted for the 1969 Swedish heats for Eurovision Song Contest, but was rejected; it was later recorded by diva Brita Borg. Another hit came in 1969 with "Speleman", also recorded by Hep Stars.

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