ABBA’s Gold hits the coveted No.1 spot in the US catalog chart and reaches No.5 in the UK Album chart this week. The Mamma Mia! soundtrack has placed No.1 in Australia (Gold re-entered the Australian album chart at No.4) and is in the top spot too on the UK compliation chart.
Universal Music Press Release:
Following the success of the feature film "Mamma Mia!" which opened in theatres this past weekend, "ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits," the compilation CD released by Swedish pop group ABBA in 1992 has hit #1 on the national catalog chart. The announcement was made today by Bruce Resnikoff, President and Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).
The hit songs on "ABBA Gold" were recorded between 1973 – 1981, and the album has long been the best seller of all ABBA releases. Currently, it is one of the Top 40 best selling albums of all time worldwide, with sales topping 26 million. The album contains popular ABBA hits such as "Dancing Queen," "Mamma Mia," "The Winner Takes It All," "S.O.S.," "Fernando," "Voulez-Vous," and "Waterloo."
"ABBA Gold’s #1 chart position this week speaks to the everlasting popularity of the group and their music," stated Resnikoff. "This resurgence in interest shows that their music can stand the test of time over and over."
UK’s NME magazine:
Mamma Mia soundtrack is UK’s biggest selling album
ABBA have returned to dominance in the UK charts today (July 20) in the wake of their Mamma Mia movie.
The film’s soundtrack album was the biggest-selling album, in the UK this week, the first time a soundtrack has outsold all studio albums on the chart since the Bridget Jones soundtrack in 2001.
However, while the soundtrack sold more, chart regulations ensure that in the official albums chart, Basshunter holds the number one position with ‘Now You’re Gone’.
Their greatest hits compilation, ‘GOLD’, has also returned to the albums top ten for the first time in four years, at number five.
Meanwhile, ABBA songs that figure in the movie have also reappeared in the singles chart on the strength of download sales. ‘Mamma Mia’ appears at number 57, with ‘Dancing Queen’ at 82, ‘The Winner Takes It All’ at 113, ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)’ at 126, ‘Honey Honey’ at 117, ‘Waterloo’ at 185 and ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’ at 195.
It’s amazing that even before the movie’s opening date, the album debuts on The Billboard 200 at No. 7, charting higher than any ABBA album.
Between 1974 and 1993, 11 titles by he Swedish quartet debuted on the Billboard album chart, and none went higher than No. 14. The last of those 11 albums was "ABBA Gold" which only went to No. 63, though it did have the longest run of any ABBA album in America, remaining on the tally for 104 weeks. It was then removed to the Top Pop Catalog Albums survey, where this week, in its 338th frame, it achieves a new peak position, flying 18-6. That bests the previous peak of No. 7, achieved the week of Sept. 13, 2003. It is the highest position ever held by any ABBA album on any Billboard chart, though that could change next week when both "Mamma Mia!" and "ABBA Gold" should improve their positions on their respective charts.
Here is a summary of ABBA’s album history in the U.S., with titles listed in order of peak position:
- No. 14: "The Album" (1978)
- No. 17: "Super Trouper" (1981)
- No. 19: "Voulez-Vous" (1979)
- No. 20: "Arrival" (1977)
- No. 29: "The Visitors" (1982)
- No. 46: "Greatest Hits, Vol. 2" (1980)
- No. 48: "Greatest Hits" (1976)
- No. 62: "The Singles (The First Ten Years)" (1983)
- No. 63: "ABBA Gold" (1993)
- No. 145: "Waterloo" (1974)
- No. 174: "Abba" (1975)