It’s a big week for ABBA. Not only has Agnetha Fältskog’s new album, A, debut at number 6, but the group’s album, Gold, has overtaken the Beatles to become the second biggest selling album in British music history.
ABBA’s set passed The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to take the number 2 spot behind Queen’s Greatest Hits. Both Gold and Pepper are at 5.1 million in sales but ABBA has moved ahead by 15,000 copies. Queen has 5.9 million.
Björn Ulvaeus told Britain’s Official Charts Company, “It feels unreal – outselling the greatest record of all time!”
Martin Talbot of the company added “The British people took Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid to their hearts from the night that they won the Eurovision Song Contest on British soil, in Brighton, 39 years ago. So it is perhaps apt that their huge Gold hits album has reached such heady heights, all these years later.”
The top five:
- Greatest Hits – Queen (5.9 million)
- Gold: Greatest Hits – ABBA (5.1 million)
- Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – Beatles (5.1 million)
- 21 – Adele (4.6 million)
- (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? – Oasis (4.6 million)