The name Agnetha Faltskog may not be one that stays permanently lodged in that part of the mind that seemingly captures every major pop culture moment or icon one interacts with, but her work in Abba certainly does. From “Dancing Queen” to the ongoing success of the musical Mama Mia, Faltskog has left a footprint on music history as big as Elvis or The Beatles, and to this day she continues to make great music (just like the song you’re about to hear).
Serving as the first single off the 62-year-old songstress’ upcoming album, “When You Really Loved Someone” is a heartmelting ballad that arrived today complete with a gorgeous music video. You can view the clip below.
In an interview with BBC News, Faltskog explained how producer Jorgen Elofsson coaxed her to hit the recording studio once again ” by basically ringing her doorbell and presenting three new songs to her:
It was flattering. It really was. I just couldn’t say ˜no’. I really loved the songs from the beginning. I told him, ˜we have to talk about a lot of things first. It was nine or 10 years since I’d sung, so I didn’t know if [my voice] worked. I said from the beginning, ˜if it sounds old I don’t want to do this, because¦ Why should I?’ (more…)
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A US Presidential election, Summer Olympics mania (London’s calling”again!), Rihanna’s film debut (in Battleship, out May 18) and the possible end of the world. Those are a few of the things I won’t be looking forward to in the coming year. Fortunately, music will offer enough thrills to distract us from all that we’d rather forget. Here’s what’s topping my 2012 anticipation list:
1. Madonna makes fiftysomething fabulous all over again. Although I’m curious to hear what Madonna does with Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. on the final cut of “Gimme All Your Luvin'” when the single is released the last week of January, that’s not the main reason I’m excited about her upcoming twelfth studio album (due in late March), her first since turning fifty in 2008. “Masterpiece,” a new song featured in the Madonna-directed W.E. (which goes into wide release on February 3, two days before her Super Bowl XLVI performance) and her reunion with her Ray of Light producer William Orbit, is an achingly beautiful ballad that recalls the best of ’90s Madonna while gently proving that she can still create pop magic all on her own.
2. Madonna vs. Elton John vs. Mary J. Blige vs. Chris Cornell vs. Glenn Close (!) at the Golden Globes. Too bad the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has disqualified Madonna’s “Masterpiece” from competition at the February 27 Oscars. Why? Because it’s the second song featured during the closing credits, and eligible songs must either be in the body of the film, or the tune that plays when the credits start to roll. Oscar’s loss. The January 15 Golden Globes showdown featuring five monsters of pop, rock and soul and acting will be just as star-studded”and as tough to call”as George Clooney vs. Brad Pitt vs. Leonardo DiCaprio vs. Ryan Gosling in Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.