London, UK – ABBA’s first studio album in nearly 40 years has climbed to the top of the UK charts, becoming the fastest seller of the year so far, the Official Charts announced on Friday Company.
The Swedish quartet’s “Voyage” of Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid recorded 204,000 chart sales in the seven days since its launch last Friday.
Sales gave the supergroup the biggest opening week on the UK album chart in four years since Ed Sheeran’s “Divide”, and the best-selling album by a group in eight years.
The latest bestseller was One Direction’s “Midnight Memories” in November 2013.
ABBA, propelled to world fame by winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with “Waterloo”, parted ways in 1982, a year after their last album, “The Visitors”.
“Voyage” is their 10th number one album in the UK: only seven other groups – The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Robbie Williams, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie – have had more.
The band said in a statement, âWe’re so happy that our fans seem to have enjoyed our new album as much as we enjoyed.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to have an album topped the charts again.”
The 204,000 sales include 90% physical copies, of which 29,900 are vinyl, making it the best-selling vinyl version of the 21st century.
The previous record holder was the Arctic Monkeys’ Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, which sold 24,500 vinyl copies in 2018.
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