This isn't a post to tell you about the top 10 searches that bring readers to Steve On Broadway (SOB).
No, this is a post of pure vindication for my 35 years of being an avid ABBA fan. I'm thrilled that the movie soundtrack for "Mamma Mia!" has not only turned platinum, but it's also just climbed two big notches (thank you, Casey Kasem) to number one with a bullet on Billboard's 200 Album Chart!
Not a bad week in celebration for a Super Trouper Pop Grouper that never even made the top ten. According to Billboard:
ABBA has never had a top 10 album on the Billboard 200; the Swedish pop act's highest charting set is 1978's "The Album," which peaked at No. 14. However, the group is No. 1 on Top Pop Catalog albums with its greatest hits package "Gold," which jumps 37% to 33,000 copies.As I've noted time and again, the stage musical Mamma Mia! has been one of my truly guilty theatre pleasures ever since taking in the early days of the West End mounting back in September 1999. But that unabashed delight came from my years as an ABBA fan -- even being among the relatively few Americans who caught them during their 1979 “Voulez-Vous” tour.
With melodies almost as slick as the original tunes, the soundtrack is one sure-fire way to bring me out of a funk.
So, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, I say thank you for the music, the songs I'm singing. Thanks for all the joy they're bringing. Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty. What would life be? Without a song or a dance what are we? So I say thank you for the music! For giving it to me.
Congratulations on finally reaching number one!
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
Hay Carumba! Mamma Mia! Is Fun! (July 31, 2008)
This Goes Out To All The Lovers (Of Theatre) (February 14, 2008)
A Matter Of Taste (March 16, 2007)
Thank You For The Music: Happy Anniversary, Mamma Mia! (October 18, 2006)