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Anni-Frid Synni, Dowager Princess Reuss of Plauen (Norwegian: [²ɑnːɪˌfriːd]; née Lyngstad, born 15 November 1945) is a Norwegian-Swedish singer, songwriter, and environmentalist. She is best known as one of the lead singers of the Swedish pop band ABBA.

Born in Ballangen to a Norwegian mother and a German father, she grew up in Torshälla, and started her first solo career there, as a jazz singer in 1967, through a talent competition called New Faces. She won the competition with her song, En ledig dag, leading to a television appearance on Hylands Hörna on Dagen H; as a result, she was signed by EMI, and in turn was signed by Stig Anderson's record label, Polar, after years of releasing several singles and an album, "Frida" under the earlier record label. Although she had moderate success in Sweden, as she was a contestant for Melodifestivalen 1969 with her song "Härlig är vår jord", she did not reach international fame until she joined ABBA, which has sold over 380 million albums and singles worldwide, making them one of the best-selling music acts in history. After the break-up of ABBA, she continued an international solo singing career with mixed success, releasing the albums Something's Going On (1982) and Shine (1984); the latter being her last international album to date. In 1996, Lyngstad recorded her final album in Swedish, Djupa andetag (Deep Breaths), released by Anderson Records, before retiring from music.

In April 1964, Anni-Frid married Ragnar Fredriksson with whom she had two children; they divorced in 1970. She was engaged to Swedish pianist Benny Andersson, also a member of ABBA, the following year, until they married in 1978. The couple separated in 1980 and divorced in 1981. In 1992, Lyngstad married Heinrich Ruzzo, Prince Reuss of Plauen, who was a prince of the former sovereign House of Reuss; since then she has held the titles of Princess Reuss and Countess of Plauen with the style of Her Serene Highness. Heinrich Ruzzo died of lymphoma in October 1999. She currently resides in Zermatt, Switzerland, sharing a home since 2008 with her British partner, Henry Smith, 5th Viscount Hambleden.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Frida Anni-Frid Lyngstad 1
1972 Anni-Frid Lyngstad Anni-Frid Lyngstad 1
1975 Frida ensam Anni-Frid Lyngstad 3
1982 Something’s Going On Frida 4
1984 Shine Frida 2
1996 Djupa andetag Frida 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 På Egen Hand Anni-Frid Lyngstad 1
1993 Tre Kvart Från Nu Anni-Frid Lyngstad 1
1994 The Voice of ABBA Agnetha & Frida 1
1997 Frida 1967-1972 Anni-Frid Lyngstad 1
1998 14 Hits Frida 1
1998 Frida The Mixes Frida 1
1998 Svenska Popfavoriter Frida 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Din Anni-Frid Lyngstad 1
1982 Belle Daniel Balavoine & Frida 1
1982 I Know There's Something Going On / Threnody Frida 1
1996 Ögonen Frida 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2015 I Know There's Something Going On Frida 1

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