One of the most successful pop groups of all time ABBA are back with new music after a four-decade hiatus
The Swedish supergroup broke into the mainstream with their smash-hit Waterloo back in 1974, and went on to create one of the most iconic discographies in modern music history, with hits such as Fernando, Dancing Queen, Thank You For The Music, and The Winner Takes It All.
With nearly 400 million album sales and 17 number one hits to date, ABBA's music also served as inspiration for the 1999 musical Mamma Mia!, which was later made into a 2008 movie of the same name starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan in an ensemble cast.
The group's name ABBA is an acronym of the members' first names – Agnetha, Björn, Benny, and Anni-Frid.
ABBA's last output was the 1981 album The Visitors, and last made a public performance in-concert in December of that year. But, after a 2016 announcement that they were reuniting, the time has finally come to see what they have been up to.
Their new studio album is called Voyage, and will be released worldwide on 5 November this year
Recorded together at Benny's storied Stockholm studio Riksmixningsversket, the group says Voyage is not a follow-up album to The Visitors, but rather "sailing into uncharted waters."
"With the help of our younger selves, we travel into the future," said the group in a penned statement, adding, "It's not easy to explain, but it hasn't been done before."
ABBA also confirms that their previously announced singles, I Still Have Faith In You and Don't Shut Me Down, will be on the soon-to-be released album.
"Thank you for waiting – it's time for a new journey to begin."
In conjunction with their comeback, they will also be performing digitally in a purpose-built arena in London in 2022
The Voyage concert will take place in a state-of-the-art, 3,000-capacity arena located in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, tentatively scheduled for 27 May 2022.
The band will be represented by their digital likenesses, created with the help of famed visual effects company Industrial Light & Magic, founded by Star Wars auteur George Lucas.
The performance will be supported by a 10-piece band, and is jointly-produced by many bigwigs in the entertainment industry, namely Svana Gisla (Beyoncé and Jay Z for HBO, David Bowie Blackstar/Lazarus) and Ludvig Andersson (Yung Lean's In My Head, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again).
"So, again, thanks for waiting! We hope to see you soon in the "ABBA Arena"... It's not an exaggeration to say that we're back," they concluded.
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