Abba Announces Reunion and First New Songs Over 35 Years
By Emily Krauser
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Gimme, gimme, gimme more Abba!
The famed Swedish pop group announced on Friday that they recorded their first new songs in more than 35 years.
Abba -- which is made up of Agnetha Fältskog, 68; Björn Ulvaeus, 73; Benny Andersson, 71; and Anni-Frid Lyngstad (aka Frida), 72 -- shared the good news on Instagram.
“The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence," the band said in the statement. "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," they continued. "An extremely joyful experience!”
One of the songs from that recording session is called "I Still Have Faith in You" and is slated to be released in December via a TV special airing on NBC and the BBC. The band did not announce any details about the second song, however.
“We may have come of age, but the song is new. And it feels good," they concluded their statement.
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Abba is one of the most popular musical acts of all time, having sold roughly 375 million records to date. Formed in 1972 by the two then-married couples, the group split when both duos broke up in 1982. Countless acts have been inspired by their hits like "Dancing Queen," "Mamma Mia," "Fernando" and "Take a Chance on Me."
Ulvaeus and Andersson also created the Broadway hit Mamma Mia! which was later adapted for the big screen. The 2008 film starring Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried helped introduced their work to a younger generation and the sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, is set to hit theaters in July.