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Ace of Base to release new album worldwide

Did you see the sign? Vintage Swedish group Ace of Base have announced they are releasing a new album on March 6th, containing ten tracks recorded between 1991 and 2005.

Ace of Base to release new album worldwide
Ace of Base pictured in 2011. Photo: TT
The album will be entitled 'Hidden Gems', the bands record company Playground said, adding that fans downloading it on iTunes will also be treated to two bonus tracks and a 15 page "digital leaflet". The new material will be released worldwide on the same date.
 
Ace of Base are one of Sweden's biggest pop exports and had a string of hits during the 1990s including the anthemic 'All That She Wants' and 'The Sign' which is now 20 years old.
 
The group sold more than 30 million records during their career, behind only Abba and Roxette. It continues to perform but hasn't enjoyed a hit for years.
 
Of the original line-up only Jonas Berggren and Ulk Ekberg remain, while siblings Linn Berggren and Jenny Berggren have since left to pursue solo careers.  
 
News of the band's previously unreleased material delighted fans on social media on Tuesday, with one US music journalist tweeting that he'd just received his favourite press release of all time.
 
But other Twitter users remarked that they were much more excited about other upcoming albums, such as one by Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, which was also announced this week.
 
While news of the band's reincarnation was widely reported in Swedish media on Tuesday afternoon, it emerged that journalists in Sweden had in fact been slow to respond to a press release posted on the band's record company website on February 2nd, 
 
 
Ace of Base were also back in the headlines last year after a teenage pop quartet tribute act named A*Base released its first single in November 2014. 
 
The track – a makeover of the original group's 1995 hit 'Never Gonna Say I'm Sorry' – was dubbed a "slick, clean and very faithful update" by Time Magazine.
 
A*Base were formed in 2012 and the band made up of four singers, Matilda Lundberg, Malin Enstedt, Alexander Beyer, and Emil Henrohn, aged between 15 and 17. It's believed they spent two years recording their debut album of Ace of Base hits titled Happy Generation.
 

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ABBA’s first album in 40 years shoots to the top of the UK charts

ABBA's first studio album in nearly 40 years has made it to the top of the UK charts, becoming the fastest seller of the year so far, the Official Charts Company said on Friday.

ABBA's first album in 40 years shoots to the top of the UK charts
ABBA's new album, 'Voyage' for sale in Stockholm at the start of this month. Photo: Jonatan Nackstrand/AFP

“Voyage” by the Swedish quartet of Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid racked up 204,000 chart sales in the seven days since it was launched last Friday.

Sales gave the supergroup the biggest opening week on the UK album chart in four years since Ed Sheeran’s “Divide”, and fastest-selling album by a group in eight years.

The last fastest-seller was One Direction’s “Midnight Memories” in November 2013.

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ABBA, propelled to global fame by their 1974 Eurovision Song Contest win with “Waterloo”, split in 1982, a year after their last album, “The Visitors”.

“Voyage” is their 10th number one album in the UK: only seven other acts — The Beatles, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Robbie Williams, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie — have had more.

The group said in a statement: “We are so happy that our fans seem to have enjoyed our new album as much as we enjoyed making it.

“We are absolutely over the moon to have an album at the top of the charts again.”

The 204,000 sales comprise 90 percent physical copies, including 29,900 on vinyl, making it the fastest-selling vinyl release of the 21st century.

The previous record holder was the Arctic Monkeys’ “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino”, which sold 24,500 vinyl copies in 2018.

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