Swedish superstars ABBA set to unveil ‘sensational’ musical comeback

LONDON – They famously vowed by no means to reform, to the frustration of their legions of followers. However practically 4 a long time after disbanding, Swedish superstars ABBA have been on Thursday anticipated to announce a “sensational comeback” collaboration. Virtually as well-known for his or her over-the-top sparkly outfits as their music, the group notched up over 400 million album gross sales over 50 years. They loved phenomenal success with a string of chart hits within the Nineteen Seventies and early Nineteen Eighties after profitable Eurovision in 1974 with “Waterloo”. Since parting methods in 1982 they’ve steadfastly resisted all affords to work collectively as a foursome once more. However afterward Thursday they’re anticipated to please followers with information on a recent collaboration. The now septuagenarian stars of pop classics resembling “Dancing Queen”, “The Winner Takes It All” and “Take a Probability on Me”, stated they may make an “historic” announcement at 5.45 pm UK time (16:45 GMT).

Particulars are nonetheless below wraps, however the group is predicted to announce the discharge of their first new songs because the Nineteen Eighties and the launch of a brand new theatrical present wherein they may carry out as hologram “Abbatars”.

Final week, the group — Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 75, Agnetha Faltskog, 71, Bjorn Ulvaeus, 76, and Benny Andersson, 74 — introduced on Twitter: “Thanks for ready, the journey is about to start.”

 An internet site guarantees an “historic livestream” and Common Music Group was to carry an occasion on the ArcelorMittal Orbit commentary tower in east London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

 The group is to launch an entire album’s value of latest songs in a “sensational comeback”, in keeping with British tabloid The Solar.

 This comes after the Swedish pop icons introduced three years in the past they have been returning to the studio to report new tracks.

  “All of us 4 felt that, after some 35 years, it could possibly be enjoyable to hitch forces once more and go into the recording studio. So we did,” the group stated.

  Earlier this 12 months, Ulvaeus advised Australia’s Herald Solar: “There can be new music this 12 months, that’s particular. It’s not a case any extra of it would occur, it’ll occur.”

 Ulvaeus advised The Instances in April he wrote lyrics for brand new songs with Andersson composing the music, and the group “nonetheless sounds very a lot Abba”.

    The group has talked about 5 new songs, together with “I Nonetheless Have Religion in You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down”. 

   The Solar reported they’ve recorded no less than eight songs collectively.

 The tabloid additionally reported that the group will voice holograms of themselves of their heyday for a “stage-of-the-art” present referred to as “Abba Voyage” to be staged at a 3,000-capacity theatre in London’s Olympic Park.

 The present will launch subsequent Could and run eight instances per week, that includes a mix of beforehand filmed and projected content material and stay performers. 

  The plan is for the present to run to 2025 after which switch to Stockholm or Las Vegas. 

 Constructing work on the theatre has begun, The Solar reported.

  The group has not launched any new music since 1981 and broke up the next 12 months after each of the quartet’s married {couples} divorced.

 They steered away from a reunion regardless of their music’s enduring recognition, fuelled by a success compilation album in 1992 and the “Mamma Mia” musical and later spin-off movies starring Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan.

 “There may be merely no motivation to regroup. Cash just isn’t an element and we wish folks to recollect us as we have been,” Ulvaeus stated in a 2008 interview.

 In line with Superstar Web Value, every member of Abba is value between $200-300 million. In 2000, the band turned down a $1 billion provide to carry out a 100-show world tour.

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