What you need to know about the Abba reunion

In a huge surprise, Abba got back together to record their first new music in 35 years. Here's everything you need to know about the exciting reunion.

What you need to know about the Abba reunion
Abba in the studio in 1980. Photo: Jan Collsiöö

How it happened

The recording came about after it was proposed that new music should be made in correlation with an Abba tribute show produced by the BBC and NBC. Benny Andersson wrote the music, Björn Ulvaeus the lyrics, and Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad liked it so much they got together at a Stockholm studio last year to record the surprise new music.

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Just like the old days

Manager Görel Hanser explained to Aftonbladet TV that the recording process was much the same as it was 35 years ago, with the instrumental tracks laid down by Ulvaeus and Andersson, then the vocals tracked (and after the usual fine-tuning from the Swedish pop perfectionists) finalized by Fältskog and Lyngstad.

“It was like the olden days. It's classic Abba, but updated to 2018,” Hanser told The Local.


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When will we get to hear them?

The first song, 'I Still Have Faith In You', will debut at the aforementioned BBC and NBC tribute show in December. The second song, 'Don't Shut Me Down' will follow, but the release date is still not known. Perhaps in correlation with another big announcement? Such as…

You'll be able to see the new music on tour (eventually)

Not only are Abba releasing their first new studio music in 35 years, but fans will also eventually be able to experience it in a concert environment. Initial plans for a virtual reality tour featuring the group were announced earlier this month, and manager Hanser revealed to The Local that the new music will feature when the tour happens.

“The two songs will be part of the hologram tour. The members of Abba won't appear physically, but their digital selves will be there performing these songs recorded by the real Abba.”

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No full-scale reunion

If you think the new songs and virtual reality tour mean a full-scale Abba reunion is on the cards, it’s best not to get your hopes up. The band's manager says there won't be a traditional live tour, and plans don't extend beyond the two songs already recorded – but that's two new songs more than we've had for more than three decades, so let's not get too greedy!

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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.