Eurovision Finals 2013

Agnetha Fältskog, Greta Garbot and Gary Barlow

Abba's Agnetha Fältskog and Gary Barlow collaborate. Photograph courtesy of Facebook

Abba’s Agnetha Fältskog and Gary Barlow collaborate. Photograph courtesy of Facebook

Agnetha Fältskog talks of going out on her own again in her solo career. Trying to break down some of the preconceived misconceptions of her has been a challenge. With the success of her new album – her first album in almost a decade – she speaks of what is in store for her.

Agnetha Fältskog shot to international fame when her and her 3 band members won Eurovision in 1974 as part of Abba. The rest as they say is history. Well not exactly. When the band split in the 80’s it was not clear where they would all go in their careers. Fältskog launched a solo career and her latest album “A” has gone Top 10 in many countries across Europe.

The album has been met with positive critical acclaim and sees her master the soft pop genre. The album sees her join forces with Take That’s Gary Barlow on the song “I Should’ve Followed You Home” – which is a classic mid tempo pop song that Gary Barlow and Abba are known for. Listen for yourself. Rumors grow that it maybe a single release from the album later in the year.

An air of mystery has grown around her over the last decade which she has said is not the real her. Speaking to the Radio Times she says that she is “just a normal Swedish woman who spends time walking her dog and seeing her three grandchildren. I also have been written about like I’m very mysterious. I try every time to explain that I’m so normal. I’m not Garbo.”

Can we expect to see Agnetha back touring? Unfortunately not seems to be the answer.

Fältskog still remains reluctant to perform live. “No, I can’t, That’s my weakest [thing], the live thing. And also the fact that I’m older now, so I can’t do that. I don’t want to disappoint people.”

With all the speculation regarding an Abba reunion, Agnetha has closed the door firmly on that chapter of her life – “No chance! No chance.”

(YouTube Video Courtesy of Mozpiano2)

Abba were once offered $1 Billion to reunite, yet Agnetha was glad former band mates Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus publicly said no. “We said no because they wanted 250 shows or something, it was incredible.”

So I guess we will all have to enjoy Agnetha on her new recordings and not in concert.

Author/Website co-founder and Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall

Source – The Guardian, Radio Times and Eurovision Ireland

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