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ABBA-tars to become virtual dancing queens



Mamma Mia, here we go again – ABBA is alive and back after a 40 year hiatus but in the form of avatars to dazzle fans via a set of virtual concerts

The pop legends will release 10 songs in their album called Abba Voyage, teasing the new hits via a globally streamed press conference.

The first, I Still Have Faith In You, is a piano ballad that pays homage to the friendship formed by the four musicians.

ABBA’S First studio album for 40 years

“When Benny played the melody, I just knew it had to be about us,” said Bjorn Ulvaeus, a member of ABBA.

The group split in the early 1980’s and organically ended back in the studio recording together.

“At first it was just two songs, and then we said, ‘Well, maybe we should do a few others,'” said Benny Andersson.

My my! Abba avatars to take the virtual stage

The band’s new songs will be played during the band’s virtual concert, also titled Abba Voyage.

The four musicians will perform in a set of virtual concerts, where avatars of the four band members will play hits like Waterloo and dancing queen.

This virtual experience is set to open next year in a specially-built arena in east London.

The quartet who are now in their 70s, are transported back to the 1970’s.

Almost one thousand people worked to re-create Abba “in their prime” using motion capture technology that scanned “every mannerism and every motion”.

The clones of ABBA will appear in various virtual guises, from their satin-clad 1970s pomp to futuristic Tron-style space suits.

“Agnetha, Frida, Benny and Bjorn got on stage in front of 160 cameras and almost as many VFX geniuses, and they performed every song in this show, to perfection, over five weeks,” Ludvig Andersson, a producer said.

Why London? Bjorn said “London is the the best city to be in when it comes to entertainment, theatre, musicals… We have always felt that the Brits see us as their own.”

“There’s no real need for ABBA to be on TikTok because their music is all over it anyway, but it’s about making sure people connect their music with ABBA the brand, and that will feed back into other areas of the empire,” Sutherland says. 

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The Academy Award nominations have been revealed



The film industry’s most prestigious night of nights is almost here, and the nominations have been revealed

The indie sci-fi comedy drama, “Everything Everywhere All At Once”, scored the most Academy Award nominations, with 11 in total.

It was closely followed by “All Quiet on the Western Front”.

Not far behind were fan favourites including “Elvis”, “Top Gun: Maverick”, and the recent “Black Panther” and “Avatar” films.

Streaming services have not had as strong a year, with Netflix’s “All Quiet On The Western Front” the only nominee from a streaming service in the top category.

There has been an extremely strong showing for Irish talent this year. “The Quiet Girl” is recognised in the best international feature category.

Colin Farrell, Brendan Fraser, Paul Mescal are all in contention for Best Actor and Austin Butler scored his first ever Oscars nomination for his role as Elvis Presley.

And when it comes to Best Actress Cate Blanchett, Andrea Riseborough and Michelle Williams are leading the pack alongside Ana de Armas, who has been nominated for the first time.

Indian action epic “RRR” stands a strong chance of beating Rihanna and Lady Gaga to best original song.

The catchy Naatu Naatu has already won the Golden Globe, and is very likely to repeat its success at the Oscars.

The event all happens on March 12, when you can find out which stars will be taking home the iconic gold Oscar statuette.

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Say goodbye to sharing Netflix with your friends



Netflix announces new tech to stop password sharing

The days of sharing a Netflix account with your friends are quickly coming to an end.

The streaming giant is set to introduce new tech which will prevent multiple households leeching off one subscription.

Execs believe around 100 million homes engage in the practice, which the company says “undermines” its ability to invest and improve content.

It’s been a rough 12 months for Netflix.

Last year, the company recorded it first subscriber loss in more than a decade.

While no exact date has been set for the worldwide rollout of the new policy, it could begin as early as March.

Users will be required to have their own account and login, unless you live in the same household as someone who has an account.

It follows a number of trials and introductions Netflix made throughout 2022.

“While our terms of use limit use of Netflix to a household, we recognise this is a change for members who share their account more broadly,” Netflix said.

“So we’ve worked hard to build additional new features that improve the Netflix experience, including the ability for members to review which devices are using their account and to transfer a profile to a new account.”

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Boris Johnson under fire over BBC appointment



The BBC’s Chairman Richard Sharp once helped Johnson with a personal loan

Boris Johnson is facing criticism after it emerged the individual he selected to chair the BBC previously helped Britain’s former PM with his own personal finances.

The Labour Party is calling on the nation’s watchdog to examine the recruitment process which led to Richard Sharp securing the role.

Sharp is a former Goldman Sachs banker and The Sunday Times says he helped Johnson sort out a guarantee on a loan worth up to £800,000.

The former PM has denied any wrongdoing.

As has Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, who says the appointment was made on merit.

On Sunday, Johnson arrived in Ukraine for talks in Kyiv with Volodymyr Zelensky.

Johnson says: “The suffering of the people of Ukraine has gone on for too long”.

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