Number One - at last | 15 November 2005

ABBA never achieved it on their own with Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, but Madonna managed to do it. In 1979 ABBA "only" reached the number 2 spot in The Netherlands. And now, 26 years later, the song finally reaches number 1.

So did Madonna cover Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! ? Well, no. But for the first time in history the two ABBA men have given permission to use a sample of an original ABBA recording to a major artist. I have yet to read that Agnetha and Frida have said yes. Which is quite odd. Anyway, Hung Up features the original ABBA recording.

And of course Björn and Benny are mentioned as two of the four composers of Hung Up. Rightly so, because Hung Up is built very heavily on the foundation of the ABBA melody line. Of course Madonna has also been creative as composer. Which makes the song an instant catchy hit single.

You could say that a couple of pop music oldies have wiped out the entire new generation of hit artists. Not a bad achievement. Not by ABBA and not by Madonna. Who incidentally had her last number one hit in the Netherlands more than 18 (!) years ago. So quality always pays off.

Maybe, just maybe, the huge success of the single will open up the eyes of the former ABBA members. This could be the beginning of more ABBA samples being used officially. We all know that the former ABBA members don't hate to receive royalties from their old recordings. And so maybe a couple of major artists don't mind using ABBA samples. I'd say: bring them on!

Kylie doing Dancing Queen, Robbie Williams doing Take A Chance On Me. Life can be beautiful.

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All editorials:
At last
What if?
The Visitors Revisited
CMP 2.0
Moving on
The Wembley album
Songs Of Innocence
What's left?
Once in a lifetime
My, my, at Waterloo
Money, Money, Money
In the year 2025
The Agnetha year
The Holy Grail
ABBA The Museum
The Visitors: 2 million and counting
Finally I listened to A
It Was Thirty Years Ago Today
A Regime Change?
Not So Happy New Year
Oh not again
The Universal truth
The Winner Takes It All
Crisis? What crisis?
Hall of Fame
ABBAWORLD – Count me in
Kristina - The verdict
I am a snob
All those years ago
Story of a heart
ABBA for sale
No more awards please!
A big cheer
The museum
The worst of ABBA
The birth of a myth
ABBA on eBay
Casting a shadow
Givin' a little bit more – yeah right
So long
Dum Dum Diddle
The ABBA clothes
1976 - The point of no return
Number One - at last
The end of the rainbow
No more champagne
Creating a bootleg
The history book on the shelf
A sense of pride
If you change your mind
Goodbye Polar Studios
A single line
True Colours
I have a dream
The heat is on
ABBA Naked
Happy new year
Just like what?
Mamma bloody Mia!


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