ABBA reunite for first new album in 40 years


Swedish supergroup ABBA introduced their first new album in 4 many years on Thursday and stated they might stage a sequence of digital concert events utilizing digital avatars of themselves in London subsequent yr.

Followers piled on-line to have a good time the long-awaited reunion of one of many world’s most profitable bands. “2021 has been saved by new ABBA music,” @elliemiles23 stated in a single extensively shared Twitter submit.

The album Voyage will come out on November 5, the band stated through the streamed launch. They launched two of its 10 songs – I Nonetheless Have Religion In You and Don’t Shut Me Down – on Thursday.

“First it was simply two songs,” songwriter Benny Andersson stated in a pre-recorded video message.

“Then we stated ‘possibly we must always do, I don’t know, just a few others. What do you say women?’ They usually stated ‘yeah’ after which I requested ‘why don’t we do a full album?’”

The recording went easily, co-songwriter Bjorn Ulvaeus stated. “All of it got here speeding again in a matter of seconds.”

“I knew when Benny performed the melody it simply needed to be about us,” he added about I Nonetheless Have Religion In You. The brand new album may even embrace a Christmas tune Little Issues.


The concert events might be held at a purpose-built ABBA Enviornment in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Might, and have digital variations of its 4 stars Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

The “ABBAtars” had been created utilizing movement seize know-how – just like that used to create Gollum in The Lord of the Rings motion pictures sequence – and can present members of the band as they seemed in 1979.

“The one large downside was that we needed to shave our beards,” Andersson stated.

The concert events will characteristic 22 songs, together with the 2 new numbers and a “form of a biggest hits” compilation, together with Dancing Queen, he added.

Ulvaeus stated ABBA had chosen London as a result of the group felt welcome there.

“Someway, we’ve got at all times felt that the Brits see us as their very own – it seems like that once we come right here each time,” he stated.

Faltskog and Lyngstad didn’t communicate through the streamed launch.

In an announcement Faltskog stated she had not recognized what to anticipate once they obtained again collectively to report. “However Benny’s recording studio is such a pleasant and secure atmosphere, and earlier than I knew it I used to be actually having fun with myself.”

ABBA was based within the early 70s by then {couples} Agnetha and Bjorn, along with Benny and Anni-Frid. Their initials gave the band its identify.

They offered greater than 385 million albums and topped charts from Australia to America with a string of hits together with Waterloo, The Winner Takes It All and Take A Probability On Me.

Their final album with recent materials, 1981’s The Guests, included songs tinged with the unhappiness of their divorces. The band cut up a yr later.

Rumours swirled for years that ABBA would get again collectively, however the members turned down many presents, together with one reported $1 billion bundle to tour once more.

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