ABBA’s ‘Gold’ makes UK chart history


ABBA’s ‘greatest hits’ compilation Goldfirst released in 1992 – has become the oldest album to top the UK album chart, according to the UK’s Official Charts Company.


The Swedish supergroup’s Gold compilation has previously topped the charts on four separate occasions. The last time was in 1999 when it was re-released to commemorate the 25th anniversary of ABBA winning the Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Waterloo’.


After taking the Number One crown again on August 3, 2008, Gold became the first album to reclaim the top spot after such a long interval.


With worldwide sales of more than 26 million copies, Gold has already sold more than 4.2 million CDs in the UK – making it the fourth biggest selling album of all time in Britain. It has been in the Top 75 of the UK album chart for a staggering 364 weeks.


The huge success of the film version of the hit musical Mamma Mia! has led to a massive resurgence of interest in ABBA’s music. The film’s soundtrack – featuring ABBA classics sung by Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and other members of the cast – topped the UK album chart itself last month.


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