1983 Frida – I Know There’s Something Going On
ABBA became one of the most successful pop music acts of the seventies, selling several hundred million albums and singles. While the band continued releasing records after 1980 that became hits in other countries, all they had to show in the US for their efforts were two singles that reached #27 and #63.
By 1982, the band had broken up and several members began solo careers. Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad had already released two solo albums in 1971 and 1975, and she recorded her first post-ABBA album with producer Phil Collins.
Russ Ballard had been the lead singer on Hold Your Head Up for Argent, and he went on to a career as a songwriter. Some of his hits included Liar by Three Dog Night, New York Groove for Kiss’ Ace Frehley, and You Can Do Magic for America. He also wrote I Know There’s Something Going On, which became Frida’s first single from the album.
The record first reached the charts in the US in late 1982 and peaked at #13.
While the record reached the top five on the charts in a large number of countries, it failed to even reach the top forty in the UK.
Frida never reached the Hot 100 again.
Ironically (or maybe on purpose), Russ also wrote Agnetha Fältskog’s first single that charted in the US after ABBA’s breakup, The Heat Is On. It peaked at #29 on the Hot 100 in late 1983.
Agnetha had a second record reach the Hot 100 (a duet with Peter Cetera in 1987), but it vanished after three weeks and without getting any higher than #93.
ABBA reformed and released a new album and a few singles in 2021. While the album peaked at #2 in the US, none of the singles reached the Hot 100.
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