ABBA reveal they are set to release FIVE new tracks in 2021

From the Daily Mail.

ABBA are set to release five new songs in 2021, it was revealed on Tuesday.

The Swedish quartet announced in 2018 they were planning to record new tracks for the first time in 35 years, and it has now been confirmed that they have more songs than originally planned.

Despite the news, ABBA have had to delay the releases, which includes I Still Have Faith In You and Don’t Shut Me Down, as well as their ABBAtar hologram tour until next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Exciting: ABBA revealed on Tuesday that they are set to release FIVE new tracks in 2021 as the band's tour has been postponed because of the coronavirus crisis

Exciting: ABBA revealed on Tuesday that they are set to release FIVE new tracks in 2021 as the band’s tour has been postponed because of the coronavirus crisis

Band member Bjorn Ulvaeus – who is joined by Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Frida Lyndstad in the chart-topping group – told journalist Geoff Lloyd as such.

Speaking on an upcoming episode of his podcast Reasons To Be Cheerful, the radio presenter explained: ‘I got to spend an hour with Bjorn Ulveaus from ABBA via Zoom. They’ve recorded five new songs.

‘They should have been out at the end of last year. They’re going to get these holograms out on tour.

An abundance of tracks: The quartet announced in 2018 they were planning to record new tracks for the first time in 35 years, and they said they have more songs than originally planned

‘Because of technical difficulties and the pandemic, it’s delayed things. But he promised me that the new ABBA music will be out in 2021.’

In a statement announcing the new songs, ABBA said at the time: ‘The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence.

‘We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio.’

In the studio: Band member Bjorn Ulvaeus (pictured in 2019) said the songs 'should have been out at the end of last year' but the pandemic has delayed the release

In the studio: Band member Bjorn Ulvaeus (pictured in 2019) said the songs ‘should have been out at the end of last year’ but the pandemic has delayed the release

Bjorn later explained the plans had been delayed until at least 2020 due to the complex technical nature of the show they are creating.

The Waterloo group went their separate ways in 1982 at the height of their career, and during their final years Bjorn divorced bandmate Agnetha whilst Benny and Frida split up, too.

They performed together for the first time in decades in 2016 at a private event, which marked the 50th anniversary of the first meeting between songwriters Bjorn and Benny.

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