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Mamma Mia! Abba sue over song row

As one of the best-selling pop groups in music history, the members of Abba are accustomed to hearing their songs played almost everywhere.

However, the founders of the Swedish group took exception when their hit ‘Mamma Mia' was used as a rally song for the leader of a Danish far-right party.

Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus were so incensed that they launched a legal action and said the party could “bugger off”.

To add insult to injury, the youth wing of the anti-immigrant Danish People's Party also changed the lyrics, without permission, to Mamma Pia when giving Pia Kjaersgaard, their female leader, an adoring send-off at a party congress last weekend.

Abba's founders discovered the unauthorised use of their song when a left-wing Danish activist wrote to them asking if they supported the far-right party.

They have instructed their record company Universal to pursue legal action against the party.

Last year Andersson donated more than £90,000 to Sweden's radical Feminist Initiative Party.

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