They’re perhaps Eurovision’s most iconic winners. And after 35 years of silence, ABBA are returning with new music.
That is according to their manager Görel Hanser. Speaking from Stockholm today, the group say “It was like time stood still and that we only had been away on a short holiday”.
The quartet add, “We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did.”
New music in December
Two new songs are set to drop, one of which will be called “I Still Have Faith In You”. The track is expected to be performed on America’s NBC and Britain’s BBC in the month of December. Görel confirmed to Sweden’s Aftonbladet that both songs were recorded last summer.
Swedish Press Release
“Vi kände alla fyra att efter runt 35 år att det skulle vara kul att samla krafterna igen och gå in i studion. Så vi gjorde det. Och det var som om tiden stått stilla och att vi bara varit på en kortare semester. En extremt njutningsfull upplevelse! Det resulterade i två nya låtar och en av dem, ”I still have faith in you” kommer att framföras av våra digitala avatarer i ett special-tv-program producerat av NBC och BBC, med planerad sändning i december. Vi må ha blivit äldre, men låten är ny. Och det känns bra”.
English Press Release
Today’s news comes just after ABBA revealed that they will do a world tour. However, instead of the four members performing they will use virtual “Abbatars” or digital projections of the band.
This technology means that the group will appear exactly like they did during their peak in 1979. Thanks to advanced high-tech equipment audiences should think that they are seeing the real band on the stage. The world tour is planned for 2019 or 2020.
ABBA — consisting of Agnetha Fältskog (68), Björn Ulvaeus (73), Benny Andersson (71), and Anni-Frid Lyngstad (72) — is one of the most successful bands of all time. They sold over 400 million albums, but have not performed together publicly since 1986.
They made an exception in 2016 when they played at a private party.
They got their big break in 1974 when they won Eurovision for Sweden with “Waterloo”.
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