|25 years after the victory in the Eurovision Song Contest, ABBA reappears, this time as four young artists performing the catchy tunes of the 1970’s - the A*TEENS: Marie Serneholt, Sara Lumholdt, Dhani Lennevald and Amit Paul. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, the A*TEENS recorded their first album, ABBA Generation, showcasing modern versions of ABBA's smash hits. "We all have grown up with ABBA since we were very small because we are all from Sweden." Dhani comments on modeling A*TEENS after ABBA, "And that feels quite natural to do this because we know them so much and so long..."|
|Sara, Marie, Dhani and Amit were enrolled in the same dance school in Stockholm, Sweden; seeing limitless possibilities for them, their dance instructor encouraged them to audition for what was to be a group that covered ABBA songs. After an impressive audition in 1998, displaying their natural singing and dancing abilities, the A*TEENS line-up was complete. Working in Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo, Norway, the A*TEENS began working on their debut album in November of 1998. The band, with help from their producers narrowed down numerous ABBA tracks and picked out twelve songs for their first album, ABBA Generation. The first single, "Mamma Mia," stormed the summer airwaves of 1999 and topped the European charts exactly one-quarter of a century after ABBA took the song to number one. "It’s a lot of fun singing and dancing to ABBA songs." Marie comments, "To mix contemporary music styles with ABBA’s fantastic material is exciting. We look at A*TEENS as a tribute to ABBA…" Other ABBA favorites on ABBA Generation include "S.O.S.," "Take A Chance On Me," and "Dancing Queen," which hit the #21 spot on U.S. charts.|
With their ABBA covers topping the charts worldwide, the A*TEENS took ABBA Generation on the road. The A*TEENS have toured with music's biggest names including *NSYNC, Britney Spears and caravanning across the United States with Nickelodeon's All That Music and More Festival! Performing in front of thousands of screaming fans, the A*TEENS have grown accustomed to life on the road and are finding that as they grow individually, they have also grown closer together as a band. "We’ve done so much since last year. So much has happened…we've been recording a new album that's developing us as singers and dancers as well…stuff like that has developed us as a band," says Amit.