First images of the Abba reunion released

Abba fans were given a huge surprise earlier this year when it was revealed that the group had reunited to record their first new music in 35 years, and now the first images from the reunion have finally been released.

First images of the Abba reunion released
Abba pictured in 1974. Photo: Olle Lindeborg/TT

The Swedish quartet shocked the world in April when they revealed that they got together in secret last year to record two new songs, “I Still Have Faith In You” and “Don't Shut Me Down”.

“Everyone was involved, it was like in the olden days,” manager Görel Hanser told The Local on the day of the announcement.

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Now, Hanser has released the first images of the reunion, featuring Agnetha and Frida tracking vocals, and Björn and Benny on the other side of the glass at the mixing desk in Stockholm’s RMV studio.

Fans will get to hear the first of the tracks during a televised tribute show in December produced by the BBC and NBC, performed by avatars of the group. Hanser gave The Local a hint of how it will sound, calling it “classic Abba, but updated to 2018”.

Both new songs will be part of a planned Abba hologram tour in 2019.

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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.