Universal Pictures and Legendary Entertainment’s “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” is currently airing in cinemas, and fans of the first film in 2008 (and the 1999 musical it is based on) can once again enjoy the sweet story of a most lovable mother and daughter duo played by Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried, set to the music of ABBA. One of the highlights of the sequel was the “guest” appearance of singing idol Cher as mother and grandmother to Streep’s and Seyfried’s characters, especially when she sang in two numbers. We can hear more of Cher singing ABBA soon.
That is because Cher has also been recording a new album where all its tracks are her covers of ABBA’s most recognizable songs. And according to Entertainment Weekly, the all-time singing sensation has unveiled to the public her album track list. Cher had told the press close to the UK and US premiere of “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” that she so enjoyed getting to cover some of the Swedish group’s songs in the movie that she was inspired to expand that to an entire album. Said album’s track list has been put up on Cher’s official Twitter page.
As one might expect, all the songs revealed thus far have been featured on the “Mamma Mia!” films, though interestingly, none of them are the two numbers she performed in the sequel, namely the ending sequence with “Super Trouper” and the humorously utilized “Fernando” from the scene where Cher’s character “Grandma” Ruby is reunited with her old flame, who turns out to be the manager of the hotel that was home to Sophie and the late Donna. Incidentally, only nine of the songs have been publicized, with the tenth spot occupied by emoji. Perhaps it is one of those songs?
A connection between Cher and the ABBA foursome of Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad, Agnetha Fältskog, and Björn Ulvaeus, exists from the semifinals of the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul. Cher was among several recording artists that appeared with ABBA in an interval comedy act titled “Our Last Video Ever”; that event also marked the 30th Anniversary of ABBA winning Eurovision 1974 in Brighton, UK. Despite stellar reception of her “Fernando” and “Super Trouper” performances in “Here We Go Again”, Cher was nervous at first to covering ABBA, as her distinctive singing voice is different from their female vocals.
Though first shooting to music fame in the 1960s and 70s, Cher established herself as a recording artist transcending specific musical eras when her 1998 album “Believe” and its namesake song became chart-topping international hits.
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