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Agnetha Faltskog

  • Swedish musician
  • Born April 5, 1950

Agnetha Åse Fältskog (Swedish pronunciation: [aŋ²neːta ²fɛltskuːɡ] (listen); born 5 April 1950) is a Swedish musician, singer, songwriter, actress, and author. She achieved success in Sweden after the release of her debut album Agnetha Fältskog in 1968, and reached international stardom as a member of the pop group ABBA, which has sold over 380 million albums and singles worldwide, making them one of the best-selling music artists in history.After the break-up of ABBA, Fältskog found some success as a solo artist in the 1980s, though she also generally became more solitary, avoiding outside publicity and residing on the Stockholm County island of Ekerö.


It has always felt like a failure that Bjorn and I couldn't keep our family together. You never get it back, but to this day I don't regret splitting up. The reason behind our separation is one of those things I definitely don't want to go into!




My life contains so many other things; I have my children, my grandchildren, my two dogs and a big place in the country. I have my own life.




I can spot empty flattery and know exactly where I stand. In the end it's really only my own approval or disapproval that means anything.




I must be allowed to be as I am.




I have one pug and one Czechoslovakian dog called Prazsky krysarik.




The press has always written that I am a recluse and a mysterious woman, but I am more down-to-earth than they think.




I have always had strong maternal instincts. Even when I was still a child I cut out pictures of prams from newspapers and imagined the feeling of pushing my own pram through fresh winter snow and seeing the wheels' tracks behind me in the snow.




I may have aimed too high sometimes, asked too much of myself and demanded too little from those around me.




I just want to live in peace and quiet.




There is a danger of changing too much in the search for perfection.




I sing just for fun.




When you love someone, and you've lost that one, then nothing really matters.




When I record, it feels like I'm in a bubble. There's nothing else in my head right then. It's just that song, and I'm trying to really sound like what the song is about.




My path has not been determined. I shall have more experiences and pass many more milestones.




No one who has experienced facing a screaming, boiling, hysterical audience can avoid feeling shivers in the spine. It's a thin line between celebration and menace.




I used to suffer from stage fright, which at times was an ordeal. I won't perform live again. I'm going to do some TV shows and videos but nothing else... I don't like to travel too much or do concerts. I'm more of a studio and home girl.




I would like to sing the theme tune of a big film - something like 'Titanic.'




I'm a country bumpkin. I'm not a showgirl.




It's strange that the newspapers don't see a connection between their false revelations about my private life and my need for seclusion and security.




When I was 25, Abba was formed. After Abba I made three solo albums. Maybe I have been productive enough.




I was so tired once 'Abba' was over and just wanted to be calm and with my children. I married, was in 'Abba,' had my children, divorced, all in ten years. I wonder how I managed it, but I was young.




This idea of trying to repeat a success doesn't interest me. It's only really done to make money.




When I was 15 I became a full-time singer in a band. At 18 I made my first record.




Performing live is not my favourite. I am more of a recording person; I prefer to be private. I didn't mind doing videos, even if they came very close with the camera. I can take that, but walking on stage in concert and singing live, that is a bit difficult.




There was a time when the music fell silent. Both within me and around me.




I spend a lot of time with the grandchildren. They love it when we sing together. It's fantastic to hear them, and they really can sing. I don't talk to them so much about 'Abba' and the past, but as they get older, they will become more aware.




When I'm living in the world of luxury and celebrity, which is where I found myself for a large part of my life, it's a walk-on part. Not a vital necessity, like it is for so many people. I enjoy it but I can see right through it!




I am uninterested in appearing in newspapers and on television. Many people think I am striking a pose - that I want to create a sense of shyness. But it's just not something I want to do. I overdosed.




There are a lot of artists that I love, and I think they're really talented, and they're good dancers as well. I've always wished that I could combine that.



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