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No 'Mamma Mia' for far-right 'Mamma Pia'

Australian singer Kylie Minogue and Swedish composers Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus from ABBA at Thank You For The Music: A Celebration Of The Music Of ABBA in Hyde Park in London on September 13, 2009. UPI/Rune Hellestad
Australian singer Kylie Minogue and Swedish composers Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus from ABBA at "Thank You For The Music: A Celebration Of The Music Of ABBA" in Hyde Park in London on September 13, 2009. UPI/Rune Hellestad | License Photo

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The band Abba was not pleased by a Danish far-right party's use of their 1976 hit, "Mamma Mia," and the party has agreed to stop.

The BBC said Swedish band stars Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus criticized the Danish People's Party and threatened to sue. The anti-immigration party is the third largest in the Danish parliament.

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The party's youth wing had changed the lyrics of the song to "Mamma Pia" -- in honor of their leader Pia Kjaersgaard.

"Firstly, you cannot just rewrite songs as you like and secondly we want them to understand that we have absolutely no interest in supporting their party," Andersson said. "Abba never allows its music to be used in a political context. This is something that we have pointed out to the Danish People's Party."

Abba's record company, Universal, later said an agreement had been reached before legal action, and the party had agreed to stop using the song.

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