The Daily Goss.com: Abba’s Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus have always been choosy about which artists they allow to use their tracks, just recently allowing Madonna to sample their hit Gimme! Gimme! Gimme (A Man After Midnight) on her hit Hung Up.
Now Sarah Brightman has received the honour of being the first act to be given lyrics by the Swedish legends.
Sarah, 48, has recorded Arrival, originally an instrumental track from the band’s 1976 album of the same name, after Bjorn gave her the unused lyrics for her new Christmas album A Winter Symphony, out now.
“It was such an honour to receive the lyrics to Arrival from Bjorn,” adds Sarah, 48. “The instrumental has always been one of my favourite pieces and, of course, I love Abba.”
UPDATE: Thanks to Paul Carter for the original source of this story, the UK newspaper the Daily Express.
UPDATE 2: The track’s lyrics were written for Mamma Mia! the stage show but the song wasn’t used. Björn has said he has no idea how Sarah Brightman got hold of the lyrics.