ABBA Releasing First New Album in Nearly 40 Years

by Suzanne Halliburton

The pop world is celebrating. ABBA, which sold more than 150 million records and inspired movies and Broadway shows, is getting the group back together. There will be a new album and a very new kind of digital tour.

The Swedish supergroup, which helped define pop music in the 1970s, announced Thursday plans for a new. 10-track album called Voyage. It’s the group’s first studio album in four decades. For context, Ronald Reagan was president the last time ABBA released an album. The last collection of songs released by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha F was called The Visitors. And it was decidedly darker than their frothy, fun pop songs like Dancing Queen and Fernando.

The new ABBA album will be available Nov. 5, just in time for the holidays. Every Dancing Queen, no matter the age, needs this new album. After all, we still need to have the times of our life.

ABBA announced their new plans in an international, live-streamed event, Thursday. According to NBC News, at one point during the event, there were 200,000 people watching.

ABBA, backed by a 10-piece band, will start performing at their digital concerts next May. The first stop is at the ABBA Arena in London, May 27. Registration for ticket pre-sales started Thursday (Sept. 2). General sales start Sept. 7.

This London venue is new. According to ABBA, the group is building it. The venue will seat 3,000 and be a part of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

And here’s a cool detail about this new-look ABBA. The group will perform on stage using digital avatars. They’re calling them ABBA-tars. Take a look at the photo the group tweeted, Thursday.

ABBA Released Two New Singles Thursday

The group released two singles Thursday ahead of the album. They are “I Still Have Faith In You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down.” ABBA got together at Benny Andersson’s recording studio to work on the new songs.

Andersson said: “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.”

Fältskog said of the ABBA reunion: “When we got back together in the studio I had no idea what to expect…But Benny’s recording studio is such a friendly and safe environment, and before I knew it I was really enjoying myself! I can hardly believe that finally, the moment has come to share this with the world!”

Here’s more of the ABBA interview and links to their new singles. The group’s social media account tweeted: