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ABBA Release First (2) Singles In 40 Years: Watch + Listen

Some 40 years since they last musical alliance, ABBA returns with two new songs, a forthcoming album, and an upcoming “hologram” concert.

Announcing the Swedish band”s return: “We took a break in the spring of 1982, and now we’ve decided it’s time to end it,” “They say it’s foolhardy to wait more than 40 years between albums, so we’ve recorded a follow-up to The Visitors.”

ABBA is the acronym from the first name of singers Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad and instrumentalists-songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. Launching their career as a cabaret act in 1970, the quartet won the Eurovision song competition with “Waterloo” followed by international classics like “Dancing Queen”, “Fernando” and “Mamma Mia,” which inspired a Broadway musical and follow up movie (and sequel) starring Meryl Streep, Cher, and Pierce Brosnan

Released in 1981, The Visitors, was ABBA’s last album, as by then, one of the band’s two married couples had divorced, and the other was about to. Almost four decades later, each members is now all in their 70s and have released numerous solo projects.

For several years now, ABBA has been teasing about a reunion and their new album, Voyagewill be available on November 5, including two new singles “I Still Have Faith in You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down,” that’ve just been released.

In May of 2022, the group will perform digitally with a live band in a specially built arena at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, employing likenesses created by a team from George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic.

“We’re going to be able to sit back in an audience and watch our digital selves perform our songs on a stage in a custom-built arena in London next spring. “We’re truly sailing in uncharted waters,””With the help of our younger selves, we travel into the future. It’s not easy to explain, but then it hasn’t been done before.”

Tickets for the event go on sale September 5.

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Author: Brad LeBeau

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