PRS for Music announces major new signing

The organisation that represents more than 100,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers has confirmed the signing of prolific songwriter, Björn Ulvaeus. The organisation will manage the songwriter’s rights for the world, with effect from January 2015.

Abba's Bjorn Ulvaeus with Robert Ashcroft, Chief Executive of PRS for Music

Björn has enjoyed a stellar career, most notably as co-founder of Swedish super group ABBA in which he co-wrote every song in their impressive eight-album run. ‘ABBA Gold’, the collection of the band’s hits is the second highest selling album of all time in the UK and has topped the album charts five times since its 1992 release. 

Björn’s 50 year career, however, stretches far beyond his role in one of the most successful pop groups. From his earliest musical beginnings as a member of popular Swedish folk band The Hootenanny Singers, through his solo hits of the 1960s to his theatrical collaborations with Benny Andersson on the hugely successful musicals Chess, Kristina från Duvemåla and Mamma Mia, Björn has demonstrated his undeniable status as one of the greatest modern songwriters.

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We are delighted to welcome such an immense talent to the PRS for Music membership. Björn Ulvaeus’s catalogue includes some of the greatest songs of all time and we are extremely proud to represent such a remarkable songwriter.

PRS for Music’s Chief Executive, Robert Ashcroft
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The thought of being a member of this fantastic community of songwriters is almost dizzying!

Björn Ulvaeus

About PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. As a membership organisation it works to ensure that creators are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. In 2019, 18.8 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £810.8m collected on behalf of its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.

PRS for Music’s public performance licensing is carried out on PRS for Music’s behalf by PPL PRS Ltd, the joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music.

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