ABBA releases 4K HD versions of classic music videos
ABBA unveiled 4K HD versions of classic videos, including “Happy New Year”, “Waterloo”, “Mamma Mia” and “S.O.S..” This is the first time that these timeless videos are available in high definition.
ABBA’s videos have been in the spotlight lately, as the star visual of ‘Dancing Queen’ reached the milestone of 500 million views in May. This clip is also available in 4K.
The original video was directed by frequent ABBA collaborator Lasse Hallström and filmed in the spring of 1976 at Alexandra’s nightclub in central Stockholm. He himself has long been the source of endless enthusiasm among the band’s faithful, inspiring YouTube clips of their dance moves in the film and leading to the sequence of the hit 2008 film. Mama Mia! in which Donna, played by Meryl Streep, and her friends sing and dance to the song.
“Dancing Queen” was written by band members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus with ABBA manager and Polar Music co-founder Stig Anderson. It was working titled “Boogaloo” and was inspired by George McCrae’s early disco hit “Rock Your Baby”. The song has long been one of the undisputed highlights of Sweden’s unrivaled catalog of superstars. It went to No. 1 in the UK and US – their only US high – and in 15 countries around the world, from Australia to Japan and all over Europe.
In November 2020, the UK’s Official Charts Company provided an update on “Dancing Queen’s” indestructible popularity, naming it No. 1 among Britain’s greatest ABBA songs. It was credited with sales at that point of 1.55 million, making it their only million seller in the UK, well ahead of the chart’s No. 2 song, 1980’s “Super Trouper”, which was their last chart-topper in the territory (so far), with sales of 978,000.