Super Trooper: Abba tops UK charts with first studio album since 1981


Abba’s first studio album in nearly 40 years has climbed to the top of the UK charts, becoming the fastest seller of the year so far, the Official Charts Company announced on Friday (November 12th).

Trip by Swedish Agnetha quartet, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid recorded 204,000 chart sales in the seven days since its launch last Friday.

Sales gave the supergroup the biggest opening week on the UK albums chart in four years since Ed Sheeran’s release To divide, and the best-selling album by a group in eight years.

The last fastest seller was from One Direction Midnight memories in November 2013.

Abba, propelled to world fame by his victory in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo, split in 1982, a year after their last album, Visitors.

Trip is their 10th No.1 in the UK: only seven other groups – The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Robbie Williams, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie – have had more.

The band said in a statement, “We are so happy that our fans seem to have enjoyed our new album as much as we enjoyed.

“We are absolutely delighted to have an album topped the charts again.”

The 204,000 sales include 90% physical copies, of which 29,900 are vinyl, making it the best-selling vinyl version of the 21st century.

The previous record holder was the Arctic Monkeys Hotel & Casino Tranquility Base, which sold 24,500 vinyl copies in 2018. – AFP


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