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ABBA - Band We Most Want To Reform 

24 November 2009

Police, Pink Floyd and Smiths next in PRS for Music survey

PRS for Music, the organisation that collects royalties on behalf of composers and songwriters, today reveals that Swedish pop band ABBA tops the chart for bands we would like to see reformed.

'Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! some more ABBA', was the call of the UK public who voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Eurovision winners, who broke up nearly eighteen years ago. The Police came in second place, with Pink Floyd and The Smiths sharing third spot, respectively.


Top ten most wanted reformation of bands:

Band  Percent 
ABBA  25% 
The Police  13% 
Pink Floyd  11% 
The Smiths  11% 
Oasis  10% 
The Jam  9% 
Dire Straits  8% 
The Clash  6% 
Spice Girls  4% 
Sex Pistols  3% 

Source: PRS for Music – based on over 1500 responses (bands with the majority of the original members alive)

Commenting, Ellis Rich, chairman of PRS said: 'The bands that we want reformed all characterised the mood, and set the tone for generations of people during their time. Whether it was the anarchist calls of the Sex Pistols or the powerful floor fillers of ABBA, all of these bands were at the top of their game over the last 30 years underpinned by some fantastic songs and very talented songwriters.'

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 125,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry. The UK has a proud tradition of creating wonderful music that is enjoyed the world over and PRS for Music has been supporting the creators of that music since 1914.

PRS for Music provides business and community groups with easy access to nearly 15m songs through its music licences. In an industry worth over £4.1bn, PRS for Music is uniquely placed to be a voice for music and music creators. Collecting £621.5m in 2016, PRS for Music is one of the world’s most efficient combined rights organisations. With over 100 representation agreements in place globally, PRS for Music's network represents over two million music creators.

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