Abba re­unite, an­nounce two new songs

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Some 35 years af­ter their split, the four orig­i­nal mem­bers of Abba an­nounced to­day that they have recorded two new songs. One, “I Still Have Faith in You,” is set for re­lease in De­cem­ber. That song will be part of a “Vir­tual Abba” ex­pe­ri­ence in col­lab­o­ra­tion with “Amer­i­can Idol” cre­ator Si­mon Fuller first an­nounced in 2016, and it will pre­miere, via dig­i­tal ver­sions of band mem­bers, on NBC and ABC at the end of this year. There are no de­tails as yet about the sec­ond song.

In a state­ment, the band wrote: “The de­ci­sion to go ahead with the ex­cit­ing ABBA avatar tour project had an un­ex­pected con­se­quence. We all four felt that, af­ter some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the record­ing stu­dio. So we did. And it was like time had stood still and that we only had been away on a short holiday. An ex­tremely joy­ful ex­pe­ri­ence!

“We may have come of age, but the song is new. And it feels good.”

Also on Fri­day morn­ing, Abba co-lead singer An­niFrid Lyn­gstadt (a.k.a. Frida) re­leased a Span­ish-lan­guage ver­sion of the group’s 1980 song “An­dante, An­dante” with Cuban-Amer­i­can trum­peter Ar­turo San­doval as a pre­view from his forth­com­ing al­bum “Ul­ti­mate Duets,” which also fea­tures Ste­vie Won­der, Phar­rell, Ari­ana Grande, Prince Royce and oth­ers (lis­ten here).

Abba are one of the most pop­u­lar mu­si­cal artists in his­tory, hav­ing sold hun­dreds of mil­lions of al­bums world­wide since their for­ma­tion in Swe­den 1972. The group’s sim­ple-sound­ing but highly so­phis­ti­cated songs have en­dured since the group, con­sist­ing of two mar­ried cou­ples, split amid the breakup of the two cou­ples in 1982. They set a tem­plate for pop mu­sic that has risen to prominence in re­cent years, ex­em­pli­fied by the work of coun­try­men Max Martin (who has worked with every­one from Brit­ney Spears to Tay­lor Swift and Justin Tim­ber­lake over the past two decades) on the com­mer­cial side and Robyn on the in­no­va­tive side.

While song­writ­ers Benny An­der­son and Bjorn Ul­vaeus con­tin­ued to work to­gether (in­clud­ing a mu­si­cal, “Chess,” with lyri­cist Tim Rice in 1984), the four mem­bers did not ap­pear to­gether pub­licly on­stage again un­til 2016.

The vir­tual re­al­ity tour is sched­uled to be­gin next year.

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