Why did ABBA break up ?
ABBA never made it official that they would break up but the media and the team could make out that the band was slowly and steadily dissolving out of limelight.
Their last public performance as a group was on the British TV show ‘The Late, Late Breakfast Show’ which was aired live from Stockholm on December 11, 1982.
The guys in the band, Bjorn and Benny denied news of the split and even went on to say that there was no ABBA without the ladies. Frida and Agnetha went on to claim that ABBA would be back with a new album. The internal rivalry and issues between the group and the manager began to grow big time and the band members sold their stock in Polar Music during 1983.
When ABBA was active, the band members were married couple, Fältskog and Ulvaeus as well as Lyngstad and Andersson. When ABBA was at the peak of popularity, the relationship between the couples strained which resulted in the breakup of Ulvaeus-Fältskog marriage in 1979 and then subsequent breakup of Andersson-Lyngstad marriage in 1981. In fact, the emotional strains were evident in ABBA’s music in the early 80s, as the music contained more introspective lyrics.
ABBA broke up late 1982. While Frida Lyngstad and Agnetha Faltskog achieved mixed success in solo-careers, the men Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus continued writing songs. Things were never the same, their solo careers could never match up the meteoric success of ABBA.
ABBA began to find its presence in movies that paid tribute to the rich music that the band created, in the form of Muriel’s Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla- Queen of the The Desert In 1999, ABBA’s music was adapted into the successful movie called ‘Mamma Mia !’ that met with worldwide success during its tours. In 2008, Mamma Mia ! released as a movie in 2008 which turned out to be the highest grossing film in the UK that year as well as the most successful musical movie ever.
Save for a TV show in 1986, Abba as a group never came again. The group were reunited finally after 22 long years, when the foursome attended the movie premiere of Mamma Mia ! on July 4, 2008. Rethinking back on the days of glory, Bjorn and Benny said that there was nothing then that would bring them together as a group when they were disbanding, and there wouldn’t be ever.
Bjorn said to the Sunday Telegraph, “We will never appear on stage again. There is simply no motivation to re-group. Money is not a factor and we would like people to remember us as we were. Young, exuberant, full of energy and ambition. I remember Robert Plant saying Led Zeppelin were a cover band now because they cover all their own stuff. I think that hit the nail on the head.”
Agnetha said, “We didn’t fight. But we have to live a whole lot of such misinterpretations. We supported one another. Say, if one of us had a cold or felt under the weather.‘We feel incredibly proud that the music never seems to die. A new generation likes it and that gives you great hope,’ she added after receiving a lifetime achievement by a Swedish newspaper.