Fans celebrate as ABBA releases first studio album in 40 years


SWEDEN: ABBA has released a new studio album after a nearly 40-year hiatus. The highly anticipated comeback album, Voyage, was released on Friday.

The Swedish band, whose members are now all in their 60s, recorded the 10-track album after reuniting to film a concert featuring “ABBA-tar” versions of themselves.

Anni-Frid, Agnetha, Benny and Bjorn will return to the stage as virtual avatars at a purpose-built venue in east London.

The show uses motion capture technology designed by George Lucas’ special effects company.

The avatars will also be joined on stage by a 10-piece live band.

Voyage – their ninth studio album – is the follow-up to The Visitors, which was the band’s last album when it was released in 1984.

“It ARRIVED only 40 years late,” one fan tweeted, while another said, “HAPPY VOYAGE DAY!!!”

The album was recorded at Benny’s studio in Stockholm. It comes after two people died when a man fell from the seventh floor before an ABBA tribute concert in Sweden on Wednesday.

Police say an 80-year-old man died at the scene after he fell and landed in the lobby of the Uppsala Konsert & Kongress near Stockholm. It landed on two people, one of whom was a 60-year-old man who later died. of his injuries. A woman was taken to hospital, but police said her injuries were not considered life-threatening.



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