Known for their iconic songs like ‘Dancing Queen,’ and ‘Mamma Mia,’ Swedish pop group ABBA was first formed in 1972 and became one of the most successful global acts from the mid-‘70s into the mid-‘80s. The group's name is composed of the first letters of their first names of members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The group disbanded in 1982 due to creative reasons but this year, the iconic pop group announced the release of their first new album in four decades. This week, the group debuted the first two songs from the album, “I Still Have Faith in You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down.”
In a group statement announced last September 2, the group revealed making a 10-track album called Voyage which will be released on November 5 under Universal Music Group’s Capitol Records label. Apart from the new album, the group will also stage a series of virtual concerts starting next year using digital avatars called “ABBA-tars” which will perform alongside a 10-piece band in shows to be held at the ABBA Arena in London on May 27, 2022. Presale of tickets have already begun before the general sale starts on September 7.
In their recent statement, ABBA member Benny Andersson shared how he feels about being reunited with the group. “It’s hard to say what’s been the most joyful thing for me with this project. If it’s the involvement in creating the concert together with everyone or being back in the studio together again after 40 years. I think hearing Frida and Agnetha singing again is hard to beat,” he said.
Björn Ulvaeus echoed the sentiment of his fellow group member by praising Fältskog and Lyngstad’s work on their new album. “They’re such amazing singers, those two, I was completely floored by the way they delivered those songs. They’re true musicians; totally unimpressed by pop star glamor but still having a great time being creative in a recording studio. The Voyage project has injected new life into us in more ways than one. So, again, thanks for waiting!”