ABBA announces Voyage its first studio album in 40 years


September 2, 2021, 18:08 | Updated: September 2, 2021, 20:52

Members of the Swedish group ABBA are seen on a screen during their travel event.

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ABBA announced the release of a new album titled Voyage and a concert featuring digital versions of themselves, more than three decades after their split in 1982.

Abba Voyage will be released in November, before a series of “revolutionary” concerts where virtual avatars will play hits like Mamma Mia and Waterloo.

Speaking at a press conference broadcast live from the top of the Orbit sculpture at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, band members Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson said the two projects would be called Abba Travel.

Present in person, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson recounted how the album emerged after the quartet reunited to film the digital concert.

Two new tracks, I Still Have Faith In You and Don’t Shut Me Down, were also performed publicly for the first time during the event.

The album will consist entirely of new material recorded by the quartet.

After breaking up in 1982, the group set up social media pages titled “ABBA Voyage” last month, letting fans know the group would be announcing something on September 2.

ABBA Voyage tweeted: “We are delighted to share the future of with you today.”

They added: “The journey is about to begin.”

The group, consisting of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, was founded in 1972.

The name is an acronym of their first names.

ABBA topped the European charts in the 1970s with hits such as Waterloo, Mom mia and Dancing queen. The group is one of the best-selling artists of all time, with around 150 million record sales.

In 1974, ABBA was Sweden’s very first Eurovision Song Contest winner, winning the title with a performance of his hit song Waterloo.

The group released eight albums between 1973 and 1981, and had eight number one singles in the UK.

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ABBA topped the charts across Europe in the 1970s and early 1980s.

ABBA topped the charts across Europe in the 1970s and early 1980s.

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Their albums won numerous awards across Europe, particularly enjoying success at the Bravo Otto Awards, winning nine between 1974 and 1982.

Their last album of new material, titled The Visitors, was released in November 1981.

The group broke up in 1982 during a temporary hiatus after achieving enormous fame and success around the world. So far, they haven’t met since.

Originally, the group consisted of two married couples, Fältskog and Ulvaeus and Andersson and Lyngstad. However, both marriages eventually ended while the group was still together.

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In 1999 ABBA’s music was adapted into a musical Mom Mia!, which has received worldwide acclaim. A sequel was released in 2018, Mamma Mia: here we go again!

In the same year, 2018, ABBA announced that they had recorded two new songs over three decades after their split.

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Ulvaeus explained the meaning of the new song I Still Have Faith In You, saying, “It’s about realizing that it’s inconceivable to be where we are. No imagination can imagine that.

“To release an album after 40 years and still be best friends and enjoy each other’s company and still have total loyalty. Who’s been through that? No one.”

Andersson said the band chose to host their digital concert at a purpose-built site in east London because it is “the best city to be.”

He added, “When it comes to entertainment – theater, musicals, concerts – it’s all there. It’s been here for years and years and years. There is a large audience that travels here for this reason. . It was obvious. “


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