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Thank you for more music: ABBA record first new material in 36 years

They said it would never happen, but it has: the four members of ABBA have reunited in the studio to record their first new material in over thirty-five years.

In a statement released today via ABBA’s official Instagram account, the group described their decision that “it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did. And it was like time had stood still and that we only had been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience!”

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The Swedish quartet shot to fame in 1974 after winning the Eurovision Song Contest with Waterloo and went on to achieve twenty-five hit singles – including nine number one hits – over the next decade. Although they never officially broke up, the last time ABBA recorded together was in the summer of 1982 when they completed half a dozen tracks including their final two singles Under Attack and The Day Before You Came. Although the group became deeply unfashionable for much of the next decade, they underwent a spectacular revival in fortunes in 1992 when Erasure’s Abba-esque EP of ABBA covers topped the UK chart. Released in September that year, the compilation album ABBA Gold entered the chart at number one and has been an almost permanent fixture on the chart ever since, returning to the top spot for five weeks in 1999 and another two in 2008; now the second biggest selling album ever in the UK (outsold only by Queen’s Greatest Hits), it remains in the UK chart to this day, having spent well over 800 weeks on the listings and sold over thirty million copies worldwide.

Despite this success, the members of ABBA have consistently dismissed any idea of a reunion, turning down offers including a proposed world tour in 2000 which would have earned them a reported one billion US dollars. “There is simply no motivation to regroup,” Björn Ulvaeus said in 2008, “we would like people to remember us as we were.” This is not to say that there haven’t been tantalising glimpses: to mark the thirtieth anniversary of their Eurovision success, the group made cameo appearances in a video made for the interval of the 2004 contest, while the group members attended the premiere of both the stage musical Mamma Mia! in 2005 and the film version in 2008. All four members performed together for the first time in thirty years at a private party in 2016.

While the group still has no apparent intention of performing in public again, the two new songs are expected to be included in a new “avatar” tour which will feature holograms of the band performing on stage. This digital version of ABBA will also perform one of the new songs I Still Have Faith In You in a TV special to be aired in December 2018.

Off The Chart: 9 December 1980

Off The Chart: 9 December 1980

We’re going all the way back to 1980 on Off The Chart to take in one of the most depressing days in musical history. That’s just the way the dates fall. But never mind, it makes the featured album very … read more

Off The Chart: 21 October 1982

We’re going back to this very day in 1982 on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian guide us gently through the week’s hits – some big, some small, some not as big as you remember and some you probably … read more

Off The Chart: 1 July 1983

Off The Chart: 1 July 1983

Back to the summer of 1983 this week on Off The Chart as Steve and Julian dig out some of the week’s forgotten hits, pluck an obscure track from an international chart and play the top five singles in full. … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases: 30 June 2017

"ABBA Gold" 2017 gold vinyl edition

As always at this time of year, Glastonbury propels a number of “heritage acts” back into the album chart, not least the Bee Gees whose contradictorily titled Timeless – The All-Time Greatest Hits enters at #9 following Barry Gibb’s performance … read more

Off The Chart: 14 January 1982

Off The Chart: 14 January 1982

Back to January 1982 on this week’s Off The Chart as Steve and Julian play some of the week’s less remembered hits, plus three tracks from the featured album and the top five singles in full. Who turned up in … read more

Off The Chart: 24 December 1980

Off The Chart: 24 December 1980

All the way back to 1980 this week on Off The Chart for one of the least festive charts imaginable. As Britain faces up to rising unemployment, Christmas without John Lennon and a lorryload of inedible poultry, join Steve and … read more

“All I’ve learned has overturned” – Top of the Pops, 23 July 1981

Tight Fit

“They always say it’s ‘Welcome to Top of the Pops‘ and tonight it’s just the same as ever!” Newsbeat’s Richard Skinner there, opening the UK’s top music show with a confusingly constructed sentence that rather downplays the sense of breathless … read more

Off The Chart: 6 August 1980

Off The Chart: 6 August 1980

The past, present and future combine in this week’s Off The Chart – things get tense. Buh-boom. Steve and Julian go way back to the chart of 6 August 1980, playing some of the hits you don’t hear so often … read more

Chart Watch and New Releases – 8 January 2016

Ace of Spades

Chart Watch The campaign to mark Lemmy’s passing by getting Motörhead‘s Ace of Spades to number 1 didn’t quite achieve its aim, but the song re-enters the singles chart at number 13 this week, two places higher than it reached … read more

1982 Christmas Top 40

Keith Harris

You might have thought that by 1982 old-fashioned analogue music would be dead and the entire chart would be computer generated. Of course that scenario was still a good 25 years away. In fact synthpop was struggling, with the likes … read more