Wednesday, June 19, 2013
STOCKHOLM - A traveling ABBA exhibit is to get a permanent home in a new museum dedicated mostly to the Swedish quartet that has sold nearly 400 million records since its heyday in the 1970s.
Bjoern Ulvaeus, left, Agnetha Faltskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny Andersson, better known as ABBA, have sold nearly 400 million records.
The Associated Press
Former band member Bjoern Ulvaeus said Wednesday that "ABBA The Museum" will be part of a Swedish music hall of fame to be inaugurated in Stockholm next spring.
The museum will feature some of the band's glitzy stage costumes, instruments and other mementos that were displayed in the ABBAWORLD exhibition that toured Europe and Australia in 2009-2011.
Ulvaeus said he hoped all four former ABBA members would attend the opening, set for April or May, but ruled out any chance of a stage comeback.
"We are the only group of that status that has never been reunited. I think that is cool," Ulvaeus, 67, said after a news conference in Stockholm.
The group started as two married couples, consistently topping charts in the English-speaking world after winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with "Waterloo." They continued performing after both couples divorced, but drifted apart in the early '80s.
"We quit at the absolute top," Ulvaeus said. "And when we stopped it was to take a break and do some other things and then get back together again. But it never turned out that way."
But ABBA's music lives on, with millions of albums still sold each year.
Actress: $127,000 worth of jewelry taken from home
NEW YORK - Approximately $127,000 worth of jewelry has been stolen from actress Julianne Moore's New York City brownstone.
Police say a complaint was filed with the NYPD on Oct. 1. They said Thursday that a necklace, bracelets and watches, some by Cartier, were reported missing.
They say the robbery occurred at the home in Manhattan's West Village sometime between June 6 and Aug. 28.
Police say the brownstone was under renovation and about 15 to 25 construction workers had access to the house during that time.
There have been no arrests and the jewelry has not been recovered. Police are investigating it as a grand larceny.
'Idol' judge accused of gun threat
NEW YORK - Is this "Idol" threat an idle threat?
Mariah Carey told Barbara Walters her fellow "American Idol" judge Nicki Minaj threatened to shoot her, Walters reported on ABC's "The View" Thursday morning.
Consulting her notes, Walters recounted a phone conversation with Carey just before the ABC talk show went on the air, with new details of Tuesday's blowup between Carey and Minaj that was partly captured on video made public on the TMZ website.
Walters said Carey told her that "when Nicki walked off the set, multiple people heard Nicki say, 'If I had a gun I would shoot the (adjective unspoken by Walters) bitch."'
After a meeting on Wednesday attended by the pair, Minaj said to Carey, "I love you, but we might fight again," according to Walters. "Mariah responded, 'No, we will not."'
Walters said Carey told her that the singer had hired extra security.
"Mariah said she doesn't feel comfortable emotionally," Walters reported. "But she will continue with the show because she loves the show."
– From staff reports