ABBA, the 70s Swedish supergroup this morning announced their first new album in 40 years. The group will release ABBA Voyage featuring all brand new material on 5 November. Today, the band released two songs from the album, the ballad ‘I Still Have Faith in You’ and the radio-friendly ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’.
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The group also announced a new concert experience planned to begin in London in May 2022. Avatars — or Abbatars — of the band will appear alongside a 10-piece live band in a new purpose-built venue called the Abba Arena.
The group, comprising two formerly married couples, broke up in the early 80s following the disintegration of both marriages. All members vowed never to get back together. In 2000, all four refused an offer of €1 billion for a 200 date world tour.
ABBA did perform one song together in 2016 at a party to celebrate 50 years of the Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson songwriting partnership. Then three years ago, they announced they were working on new material in a studio.
Benny Andersson said the band named the album ABBA Voyage because they felt they were truly sailing into uncharted waters.
“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. When you come to the arena you will have the four of us together with an absolutely glorious 10-piece band. And even if not in the flesh, we will be right there, thanks to the work of the creative team and ILM.”
I Still Have Faith in You from ABBA Voyage
Don’t Shut Me Down from ABBA Voyage
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