ABBA Went Into the Studio, Came Out With 2 New Songs

Swedish pop supergroup makes surprise announcement 35 years after breakup
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 27, 2018 9:07 AM CDT
Big ABBA News: Its First New Songs in 35 Years
In this Feb. 9, 1974, file photo, members of the Swedish pop group ABBA are seen, from left: Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog, and Bjorn Ulvaeus.   (Olle Lindeborg/TT NEWS AGENCY via AP)

Mamma mia! The members of ABBA say they've recorded new material for the first time in 35 years. Per the AP, the Swedish pop supergroup says it has recorded two new songs, including one entitled "I Still Have Faith in You." The news was announced Friday in an Instagram statement from Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, and Agnetha Faltskog. ABBA had big hits in the 1970s with songs such as "Waterloo" and "Dancing Queen" before splitting up in 1982. The band's statement said the members reunited to plan a virtual tour featuring digital avatars and decided to head back into the studio, which they noted was "an extremely joyous experience."

"We all felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again," they said in the statement. "So we did. And it was like time had stood still and we had only been away on a short holiday." The band says "I Still Have Faith in You" will be performed by the group's holograms in a December TV special. Ulvaeus says that for the two-hour show, which is being produced by the BBC and NBC, the band members were digitally scanned and "de-aged" so they'll look more or less as they did at their peak in the late '70s, per the Guardian.

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