The Swedish pop music group, ABBA, sued the British band Abba Mania in the United States District Court in Manhattan to use the same name that made them famous on stages worldwide.
The lawsuit considers that the use of the prestigious stage name for commercial purposes constitutes “parasitic and bad-faith conduct” and therefore demands financial compensation, according to Reuters on Dec. 3.
ABBA is represented in this case by the same company that started commercially with the group members in Stockholm in 1972, Polar Music International, and is now claiming damages.
The ABBA Mania website contains a note in small print that “Abba Mania is in no way associated, affiliated, or endorsed by Polar Music or ABBA.”
Although ABBA has insisted that ABBA Mania change its name so as not to confuse viewers, this has not been possible, so the lawsuit was filed.
ABBA Mania has maintained uninterrupted success for more than 20 years, only reproducing the greatest hits of the famous original group.
In its shows, it reproduces “as closely as possible the reality of ABBA. With great performers, a first class production in sound, lighting, effects and constant costume changes.”
The quality of their performances has kept the group alive, and more than three million fans have attended their shows in more than 30 countries.
Abba Mania is scheduled to tour the United States as “London’s original West End tribute!” in February 2022 in Middletown, New York.
On the other hand, the founding singers of ABBA still remain at the peak of their popularity, judging by the album “Voyage,” released in November, after 40 years of marketing the previous one.
In addition, they are preparing a show with digital avatars of their members, who will look as they did in the early days, 50 years ago. Its sales exceed 400 million copies.
The group’s name derives from the initials of its singers Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog, Benny Andersson, and Bjorn Ulvaeus. Their breakup took place in the early 1980s.
Their big international debut came during the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden, followed by amazing success for almost ten uninterrupted years. They are positioned in second place worldwide in sales, after the Beatles.
They were the first group from a non-English-speaking country to have sustained success in the charts of English-speaking countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States.
An indication of the economic success is seen with the theatrical musical “Mamma Mia,” seen by 54 million viewers and has grossed more than $2 billion worldwide since 1999.
Benny Anderson, who served as ABBA’s manager, founded and funded the Polar Music Prize in the late 1980s. Its winners include Paul McCartney, B.B. King, Pink Floyd, and Elton John, among others.