PODCAST: A Woman’s Place episode one. ‘Grace, Sara, and Stockholm’s music tech scene’.

A Woman's Place is wherever she wants it to be. Meet twelve inspiring women who have found a place where they can fulfil their professional ambitions, where their voices are heard and where their gender is not a disadvantage.

PODCAST: A Woman's Place episode one. 'Grace, Sara, and Stockholm's music tech scene'.

In the first episode of this new podcast series, we meet Australian native Grace McCallum and Swede Sara Herrlin, two women working at the heart of Stockholm's music tech industry.

When Grace entered an online competition to join the ABBA Choir, she never imagined she would end up uprooting her entire life and relocating to Stockholm. She was soon taken under the wing of music industry veteran Sara, and they have gone on to form Stockholm Music City, a movement bringing together Sweden's two most dynamic industries: music and tech.

Host Samanda Ekman talks to Grace and Sara about how their extraordinary friendship started with a very, very long lunch, how to find the true value in a network and what it's like to be a woman in the traditionally male-dominated industry of music tech.

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Aussie choir member wows Abba in Sweden
The ABBA Choir
The ABBA Museum
Stockholm Music City
Universal Music Sweden
The Stockholm Startup Scene
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

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The wonderful music at the start and end of the podcast is called Lions and was composed by the all-female Stockholm-based band REIGN. Check them out on Facebook!

A Woman's Place is produced by The Local in partnership with Invest Stockholm.


ABBA’s first album in 40 years shoots to the top of the UK charts

ABBA's first studio album in nearly 40 years has made it to the top of the UK charts, becoming the fastest seller of the year so far, the Official Charts Company said on Friday.

ABBA's first album in 40 years shoots to the top of the UK charts
ABBA's new album, 'Voyage' for sale in Stockholm at the start of this month. Photo: Jonatan Nackstrand/AFP

“Voyage” by the Swedish quartet of Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid racked up 204,000 chart sales in the seven days since it was launched last Friday.

Sales gave the supergroup the biggest opening week on the UK album chart in four years since Ed Sheeran’s “Divide”, and fastest-selling album by a group in eight years.

The last fastest-seller was One Direction’s “Midnight Memories” in November 2013.

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ABBA, propelled to global fame by their 1974 Eurovision Song Contest win with “Waterloo”, split in 1982, a year after their last album, “The Visitors”.

“Voyage” is their 10th number one album in the UK: only seven other acts — The Beatles, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Robbie Williams, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie — have had more.

The group said in a statement: “We are so happy that our fans seem to have enjoyed our new album as much as we enjoyed making it.

“We are absolutely over the moon to have an album at the top of the charts again.”

The 204,000 sales comprise 90 percent physical copies, including 29,900 on vinyl, making it the fastest-selling vinyl release of the 21st century.

The previous record holder was the Arctic Monkeys’ “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino”, which sold 24,500 vinyl copies in 2018.