‘I Know There’s Something Going On’: Phil Collins Helps Frida Into Hot 100

‘I Know There’s Something Going On,’ from the Collins-produced ‘Something’s Going On’ album, gave the singer a US Top 20 solo hit.

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Frida ‘I Know There’s Something Going On’ artwork - Courtesy: UMG
Frida ‘I Know There’s Something Going On’ artwork - Courtesy: UMG

When Anni-Frid Lyngstad, much more widely known as Frida, resumed her solo career in early 1982, ABBA were officially still together, although their album of the year before, The Visitors, turned out to be their final studio work before their spectacular 2021 reunion Voyage.

Seven years after her previous solo offering, Frida’s name appeared on record again with the album Something’s Going On, produced by Phil Collins, and on the chart of November 6, it gave the singer her only US solo Hot 100 single.

The 45 (like ABBA’s output, on Atlantic in the US and Epic elsewhere) was the near-title track, written by the prolific and highly successful British composer Russ Ballard, once of Argent. It was recorded, like the rest of the album, at Frida’s familiar surroundings of Polar Studios in Stockholm in the early months of 1982.

The album itself went on to chart a week after the single, and while it only peaked at No.41, the LP racked up an impressive 28 weeks on the chart. That was helped considerably by “I Know There’s Something Going On,” which went on to establish a place in the Top 20 of the American singles chart, peaking at No.13.

Frida - I Know There's Something Going On

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The association with Collins could hardly have been hotter for the American market. After scoring his own first solo Top 20 US hits in 1981 with “I Missed Again” and “In The Air Tonight,” the Genesis frontman debuted on the chart with his cover of the Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love” in the very same week as Frida.

When she spoke to Billboard about the single and album, Frida was keen to make it known that her motivation was creative. “Money has nothing to do with this. I still enjoy singing, and this was an attempt to do something different from what I usually do with the group. I enjoyed working with Phil. I would do it again.”

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  1. watcher

    November 7, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    We believe that she liked to work with Phill, but for sure, in bed much more!…

    • Robert

      November 9, 2016 at 9:21 am

      You are totally inappropriate in making this comment. How do you flag such comments on this site? Appalling!

    • Vol-Coeur

      November 7, 2017 at 5:16 pm

      Gosh! How cheap people can be! It’s one thing to like or not a singer, song or whatever. It’s totally up to your own taste.
      But what you wrote is so disgusting! Shame on you!

  2. Carlos Ortiz

    November 8, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Buen tema, una bateria con buen gancho ritmico junto al bajo. Me encanta esa tonalidad menor angustiante de Frida.Me transporta a mi adolescencia en los albores de esos 80’s tan especiales….

  3. Man

    November 9, 2021 at 5:43 am

    Yeah, YOU believe much more. WE don’t. Speak for yourself, perv.

  4. Jay soto

    November 8, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    I’m guessing I don’t know if this reporter wants to inquire..but Frida doing album with phil also meant breaking from true the women in abba got paid as singer since all abba songs written by men

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