Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 6 December 2020

Gimme, gimme, gimme: Abba to release new music later this year

When they land, the tunes will be the Swedish band's newest release in more than 35 years

Swedish pop group Abba haven't released new music since 1982. AP 
Swedish pop group Abba haven't released new music since 1982. AP 

We'll soon have reason to thank Abba for the music once more.

The Swedish four-piece, who rose to fame in the 1970s, are expected to release new tracks later this year.

The band, comprised of Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, first confirmed they would be stepping back into the studio in 2018.

And, according to Ulvaeus, fans won't have to wait much longer to hear the fruits of said labour.

“I think sometime this year,” the singer-songwriter told CNBC this week, when asked when fans can expected to hear the long-awaited new tunes. "Yes, I think so.”

The band, first formed in 1972, attracted global attention after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 with the hit Waterloo.

Abba's chart-toppers also include Dancing Queen, The Winner Takes It All, I Have a Dream and Voulez-Vous.

The band, who have sold an estimated 380 million records, last toured and released new music in 1982.

In 2018, they confirmed they would be creating new material, with two singles entitled I Still Have Faith in You and Don’t Shut Me Down recorded.

Ulvaeus described recording with his former bandmates for the first time in more than 30 years as "so great".

“It took half a minute and somehow we were back in time like we had been there yesterday as well. It was so strange," he said. “That feeling between us was extraordinary.”

Andersson also confirmed in an interview earlier this year that Abba would likely released the new tracks in 2020.

"They’re coming this year. I’m guessing after the summer. But I can only guess, because I’m not really sure. But I would think so," he told Abba Talk.

"One shouldn’t promise anything but if I were to decide myself, it would be September.”

Updated: May 24, 2020 09:30 AM

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