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The Buzz About … ABBA

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN YEARS, THE ICONIC SWEDISH QUARTET ARE RELEASING NEW MUSIC

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The past 18 months haven’t been the most fun but – in a completely surprising plot twist – Swedish band ABBA are back with the content we need to ensure that 2021 isn’t a complete write-o . The band, consisting of Benny Andersson, Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Björn Ulvaeus, have just released two new songs, ‘I Still Have Faith In You’ and ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’, ahead of their forthcomin­g album Voyage, which is set for release on November 5.

“We took a break in the spring of 1982 and now we’ve decided it’s time to end it,” the band said in a statement. “They say it’s foolhardy to wait more than 40 years between albums, so we’ve decided to record a follow-up to [1981’s] The Visitors.”

The pop group, who released classics like ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Waterloo’, were also known for their complicate­d interperso­nal relationsh­ips. Fältskog, 71, and Ulvaeus, 76, were married as were Lyngstad, 75, and Andersson, 74, but both marriages collapsed at the height of the band’s fame.

Those dramas resulted in heartbreak­ing tracks like ‘The Winner Takes It All’.

In addition to the new music, the group are also set to play live once more – in a very futuristic way. They’ve been working on their “ABBATARs” with George Lucas’ special e ects company to create a holographi­c show that will run at a purpose-built ABBA Arena in London next year. The band call it the “strangest and most spectacula­r concert you could ever dream of”. The shows are set to be 2022’s hottest ticket.

(New songs out now)

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