The businesses and companies of the ABBA world
There are doubtless many other companies that were involved with ABBA over the years that aren't listed here. If you know any others, please let me know so that they can be added here.
AGNETHA FÄLTSKOG PRODUKTION AB Production company founded by Agnetha to produce her own recordings 1985.
AMIGA Company that released ABBA's records in the former German Democratic Republic (German Democratic Republic).
ANDERSON RECORDS Swedish record company founded by Marie Ledin 1996. Released Frida's solo recordings 1996 - 1997.
ARCADE Company that released the LP ABBA Live in the Netherlands 1986.
ATLANTIC RECORDS Company that released ABBA's records in the USA and Canada 1974 - 1990. Part of WEA group, now Time Warner.TOP
BALKANTON Company that released ABBA's records in Bulgaria.
BRIGGEN TEATERPRODUKTION AB Company formed by Benny, Björn and Görel Hanser for the production of the musical Kristina från Duvemåla 1995.TOP
CARNABY Company that released ABBA's records in Spain 1973 - 1982. Subsidiary of Columbia, now part of Sony Music.
CASTLE COMMUNICATIONS Company that released the two The Collection compilations in the UK 1987 - 1988.
CBS-CUPOL Swedish recording company, part of the CBS Group, now Sony Music. Released Agnetha's solo recordings 1968 - 1979.
CBS INTERNATIONAL Released LP Gracias Por La Música and Spanish language singles in the USA 1980.TOP
DISCOMATE Company that released ABBA's records in Japan 1976 - 1990.DIG IT Company that released ABBA's records in Italy.
DUM DUM Company that released ABBA's records in India.TOP
EMI (Electronic Music Industries) British-based multinational recording company. Swedish division released Frida's solo recordings 1967 - 1971.
EPIC Company that released ABBA's records in the UK 1973 - 1990; Spain 1982 - 1988; Italy; one single in Japan 1972. Subsidiary of CBS, now part of Sony Music.
EX LIBRIS Record Club that released some ABBA records in Austria.TOP
FAMILY LABEL Company that released ABBA's records in New Zealand 1972 - 1975.
JIM HENSON CREATURE SHOP Created ABBA dolls for The Last Video 2004.TOP
KARUSSELL Budget label that has released several ABBA and related CDs 1990s. Subsidiary of PolyGram/Universal Music.TOP
LITTLESTAR Company formed by Björn, Judy Cramer and Richard East for the production of the musical Mamma Mia! 1998.TOP
MELODIA Company that released ABBA's records in the former USSR.
MONO MUSIC AB Swedish recording company founded by Benny 1987.
MUSIC BOX Company that released ABBA's records in Greece.TOP
DET NATURAL STEGET (The Natural Step) Swedish environmental group. Frida was spokesperson circa 1990 - 1996.
NBC (National Broadcasting Company) US television network, owners of Universal Music.TOP
OLGA Swedish recording company. Released The Hep Stars records 1964 - 1970.
OPUS Company that released ABBA's records in Czechoslovakia.TOP
PAN VOX Company that released ABBA's records in Greece.
PEPITA Company that released ABBA's records in Hungary.
PHILIPS Company that released ABBA's records in Japan 1973 - 1975. Subsidiary of Phonogram, later PolyGram.
PICKWICK Company that released The Hits series of compilations LPs, CDs and videos in the UK 1986 - 1989.
PLAYBOY RECORDS Company that released first two Björn & Benny, Anna & Frida singles in the USA 1972 - 1973. Subsidiary of Playboy Magazine.
POLAR MUSIC AB/POLAR MUSIC INTERNATIONAL AB (from 1976): Swedish recording company founded by Stig Anderson and Bengt Bernhag 1963. Released Hootenanny Singers and Björn records from 1963, Frida records 1972 - 1984, Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid/ABBA records from 1972, Agnetha records 1981 - 1985. Sold to PolyGram 1990.
POLIPRINT Company that released ABBA's records in Hungary.
POLSKIE NAGRANIA Company that released ABBA's records in Poland.
POLYDOR Company that released ABBA's records in Austria, West Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland 1972 - 1990. Currently Universal Music-owned label under which ABBA records are released worldwide.
POLYGRAM German-based multinational recording company which bought Polar Music International in 1990. Bought by The Seagram Company and became Universal Music International 1998/99.TOP
RAINBOW Company that released budget issues of the CD Ring Ring in Australia 1988 - 1990.
RCA US-based company that released ABBA's records in Australia 1973 - 1990; New Zealand 1975 - 1990; Central and South America; Spain 1989; Chess LP 1984. Now part of BMG.
READERS DIGEST US-based publisher that has released several different ABBA box set compilations around the world 1981 - 1990s.
REG GRUNDY PRODUCTIONS PTY LTD Australian production company, licensees for ABBA merchandise in Australia 1976 - 1978. Co-producers of ABBA - The Movie 1977.
ROYAL RECORDS Company currently re-releasing Agnetha's early solo recordings on CD.
RTB Company that released ABBA's records in Yugoslavia.TOP
THE SEAGRAM COMPANY Canadian-based liquor manufacturing company. Purchased PolyGram 1997, created Universal Music International. Later merged with Vivendi.
SEPTIMA RECORDS Company that released the LP Gracias Por La Música 1980.
SONET Swedish record company, released Agnetha/Ola Håkanson duet 'The Way You Are' 1986; Frida compilation CD 1998, Hootenanny Singers compilation. Now part of Universal Music International.
SONY MUSIC Owner of former CBS catalogue. Released Agnetha compilation CD 1996.
SPECTRUM MUSIC Budget label that has released several ABBA and related CDs 1990s. Subsidiary of PolyGram/Universal Music.
STIFTELSEN ANNI-FRID LYNGSTADS MILJÖFOND (The Anni-Frid Lyngstad Environmental Foundation) Swedish environmental group founded by Frida 1992.
SUMMIT Company that released budget issue of the LP Ring Ring in Australia 1980.
SUNSHINE Company that released ABBA's records in South Africa.
SUPRAPHON Company that released ABBA's records in Czechoslovakia.
SWEDEN MUSIC AB Music publishing company founded by Stig Anderson.TOP
TELSTAR Company that released the compilation Absolute ABBA in the UK 1988.
THREE KNIGHTS LTD Company formed by Björn, Benny and Tim Rice for the production of the musical Chess 1983.TOP
UNION SONGS AB Music publishing company formed by Björn & Benny to publish their compositions.
UNIVERSAL MUSIC INTERNATIONAL Formerly PolyGram, owners of Polar Music International and the ABBA back catalogue. Owned by NBC 2003.TOP
VIVENDI French-based media group, former owners of Universal Music Group.
VOGUE Company that released ABBA's records in France, Belgium 1972 - 1990.TOP
WEA (Warner - Elektra - Atlantic) US-based multinational recording company, Released Agnetha's solo recordings 1987 - 2004. Now part of Time Warner.TOP
Many thanks to Walter Veldman for many of the additional record companies listed here.
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