ABBA is set to break the 39-year gap as they are said to be releasing brand new music next Friday.
The tracks will be the first new music from the Swedish group of Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Valtskog and Annie Fred Lingstad in nearly four decades.
according to the sunDancing Queen’s songmakers are gearing up to launch a show called Abba Voyage that will see “ABBAtars” of their younger selves on stage performing their songs.
They are back! ABBA is set to break the 39-year gap as they are said to be releasing all-new music next Friday (Bjorn Olpheus, back left, Benny Anderson, back right, Agnetha Waltzkog, front left, and Annie Fred Lingstad pictured in 1974)
A source said, “ABBA is finally back and planning to release their first new music in 39 years this coming Friday – it’s huge.”
Abba Voyage’s journey will follow the band’s return and the creation of a purpose-built theater in east London for their hologram show, which is said to be set to open next month.
The source added, ‘Bjorn, Benny, Agnetha and Annie Friede will all be on opening night. And they will finally reveal Abba Tar, which is like holograms of themselves.
The show will see the Abba-tars perform and speak to the audience. It would be like taking a step back in time for those watching the video.
The comeback: The tracks will be the first new music from the Swedish group of Bjorn Olpheus, Benny Andersson, Agentha Valtzkog and Annie Fred Lingstad in nearly four decades (taken together in 2016)
ABBA is said to have teamed up with Pop Idol creator Simon Fuller to bring the show to life.
Plans to return have been in place since 2019 but have been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
MailOnline has contacted ABBA representatives for comment.
It comes after reports emerged on Tuesday that the group would hold a press conference in Stockholm, leading to a flurry of speculation that a huge announcement may be on paper.
The Swedish quartet announced in 2018 that it plans to record new songs for the first time in 35 years, and last year it was confirmed that they had more songs than originally planned.
Show: According to The Sun, Dancing Queen’s songmakers are preparing to launch a show called Abba Voyage which will see “ABBAtars” of their younger selves on stage performing their songs
Despite the news, ABBA has had to delay releases, which include I Still Have Faith In You and Don’t Shut Me Down, as well as the ABBAtar hologram tour.
Band member Bjorn Ulvaeus — who’s joined by Benny Anderson, Agentha Waltzkog and Frieda Lindstad on the chart-topping group — told journalist Jeff Lloyd.
Speaking on an episode of the Reasons to Be Cheerful podcast, the radio presenter explained: “I spent an hour with ABBA’s Bjorn Ulpheus via Zoom. They have recorded five new songs.
They should have come out at the end of last year. They will be taking out these holograms on tour.
Building: Abba Voyage’s journey will follow the band’s return and the creation of a purpose-built theater in east London for their hologram show, which is said to be set to open next month
Due to technical difficulties and the epidemic, I have delayed things. But he promised me that new ABBA music would be released in 2021.
In a statement announcing the new songs, ABBA said at the time: “The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected result.
“We all felt that after about 35 years, it might be fun to join forces again and go to the recording studio.”
Important Announcement: The Swedish Quartet announced in 2018 that it plans to record new tracks
Bjorn later clarified that the plans had been put on hold until at least 2020 due to the complex technical nature of the show they are creating.
The Waterloo group went their separate ways in 1982 at the height of their career, and during their later years, Bjorn broke up with fellow band member Agnetha while Penny and Frieda also broke up.
They sang together for the first time in decades in 2016 at a special event, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first meeting between songwriters Bjorn and Benny.
Returned: The group originally announced a 3D tour featuring some of the band’s biggest hits, but it was delayed due to the Covid pandemic.