Happy New Year PROMO

Filmed: Friday 3 - Sunday 5 and Wednesday 8 October 1980

Location: Stockholm, Sweden (see below for details)

Release status: Released on Super Trouper Deluxe Edition

Duration: 4.5 minutes

Shown in: Worldwide

Additional information

Directed by Lasse Hallström.

The party footage was shot at the same time as that of the Super Trouper PROMO at Europa Film Studios, Tappvägen 24, Stockholm - with the circus performers being replaced by balloons. The footage of Björn and Agnetha was taken in Lasse Hallström's old Stockholm apartment in Karlavägen.  The close-up singing shots (in the pink/purple/blue shiny suits) were filmed in the Polar Music offices, Baldersgatan 1, Stockholm, Sweden.

The party footage in the PROMOs for Super Trouper, Felicidad and Happy New Year differs from each other slightly.  Even more different footage was shown briefly in Words and Music.

Compare Happy New Year and Felicidad in the VIDEO tab (with careful use of pause/stop/start).

An official "Millenium edit" PROMO was produced at the end of 1999 as one of Polygram's last projects. It was used for the 1999 single.

ABBA wore the pink/purple/lilac/burgundy silk suits they had first worn in the Felicidad PROMO as well as for Show Express, Stars and that Björn had worn for Aplauso

Amazingly, in 2020, a video collector stumbled across unseen footage/outtakes from the Happy New Year and Felicidad PROMOS and a few seconds were shared in the late summer of 2020.  On 31 December 2020, 2 minutes of footage was shared on YouTube.  We had never seen footage like this before, it was a real treat.

On Friday 2 December 2022, a new Official Lyric video was released across social media platforms.

Release information:
This has been released on:
The Essential Collection 
The Definitive Collection
Super Trouper Deluxe Edition CD/DVD

  1. Björn Skifs in a yellow and black-spotted helmut and Tomas Ledin giving Görel Hanser a piggy-back!
  2. Did Frida burp?!
  3. Note that the highest picture on the wall above Agnetha's head is one of those put on the wall in the One of Us PROMO.

Lyrics available on the Official ABBA site

Thanks to Enrique Soriano and Alex Jones. Special thanks to Daniel J and Chris Williams.
YouTube links c/o AbbaVEVO, ABBA and bobtrouper and Tony Almeida

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