ABBA Announces First Album in 40 Years and the World’s Dancing Queens Rejoice: ‘2021 Has Been Saved’
ABBA fans, get ready to dance like queens … ’cause they’re back!!!
The pop legends dropped two serious bombshells Thursday during a globally-streamed news conference. First, the band’s dropping their first studio album in 40 years since “The Visitors” dropped in 1981. The new 10-track album’s dubbed “Voyage.”
The best part … they’ve already released 2 singles from the album — “I Still Have Faith in You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down.” The album’s set to drop in November.
The group, which rose to global stardom before splitting in 1982, said “Voyage” would come out on November 5.
“First it was just two songs,” Benny Andersson said. “Then we said ‘maybe we should do, I don’t know, a few others. What do you say girls?’ And they said ‘yeah’ and then I asked ‘why don’t we do a full album’?”
The band streamed one of the new songs — “I Still Have Faith In You” — during the launch.
“I knew when Benny played the melody it just had to be about us,” bandmate Bjorn Ulvaeus said.
“No imagination could dream up that, to release a new album after 40 years and still be the best of friends and enjoy each other’s company, and have total loyalty.”
The group, known for a string of 1970s and early 1980s hits such as “Waterloo”, “Dancing Queen” and “Take A Chance On Me”, sold more than 385 million albums.
A second song, “Don’t Shut Me Down”, was also released on Thursday.
“ABBA Voyage” will open on May 27 the ABBA Arena, a state-of-the-art 3,000 capacity arena located at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Pre-registration for tickets opens at 6 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 2) on abbavoyage.com with tickets on general sale from Sept. 7.
“It’s been a while since we made music together. Almost 40 years, actually. We took a break in the spring of 1982 and now we’ve decided it’s time to end it. They say it’s foolhardy to wait more than 40 years between albums, so we’ve recorded a follow-up to [1981’s] ‘The Visitors.’ To tell the truth, the main inspiration to record again comes from our involvement in creating the strangest and most spectacular concert you could ever dream of. We’re going to be able to sit back in an audience and watch our digital selves perform our songs on a stage in a custom-built arena in London next spring. Weird and wonderful!”
“To all of you who patiently have followed us in some way or another these past decades: Thank you for waiting — it’s time for a new journey to begin.”
“We simply call it ‘Voyage’ and we’re truly sailing in uncharted waters. With the help of our younger selves, we travel into the future. It’s not easy to explain but then it hasn’t been done before.”
The studio needed weeks and months to motion-capture digital versions of ABBA and equip the arena. The gargantuan effort required an astounding 850 members to get it all done.
And, while the working stage was being built, the group finished 2 songs before deciding to crank out a few others. And, bang … that’s how the 10-track album came to be.