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
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.
‘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
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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ABBA The Best Of Abba (1976 German Polydor 13-track vinyl compilation LP including Waterloo, Ring Ring, SOS, Mamma Mia & Fernando, unique picture sleeve. The sleeve does have some notable edge scuffing and general storage wear, whilst the vinyl looks barely played)
- Abba - Super Trouper - Saab - Dutch - vinyl LP - £8.00, $10.88, €8.96 (New Item) (arrived 08-Feb-2021 13:35)on March 1, 2021 at 10:34 pm
ABBA Super Trouper (1980 Dutch 10-track LP, complete with lyric inner, picture sleeve with 'Win A Saab' competition flash. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear & the vinyl remains in superb condition with few signs of play EPC10022)
- Abba - ABBA The Album - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $13.60, €11.20 (New Item) (arrived 16-Jan-2021 10:41)on March 1, 2021 at 10:34 pm
ABBA The Album (1977 UK 7-track LP that yielded two British number one singles with The Name Of The Game & Take A Chance On Me, ending on a high note [both musically & artistically] with I'm A Marionette, gatefold picture sleeve with lyrics inside. The sleeve shows only minor shelfwear & the vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play EPC86052)
- Abba - Hasta Manana - Japanese - 7" vinyl - £150.00, $204.00, €168.00 (New Item) (arrived 20-Jan-2021 11:41)on March 1, 2021 at 10:34 pm
ABBA Hasta Manana (Rare 1974 Japanese large centred 7" vinyl single on the blue & silver Philips label manufactured by Nippon Phonogram, also including Honey Honey, with the unique textured picture insert with Japanese biography text and lyrics for the title track on the reverse. The insert displays minimal wear or age, whilst the vinyl looks barely played, an outstanding example of this hard to find pressing SFL-1867)
- Abba - Take A Chance On Me - Injection labels - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $10.88, €8.96 (New Item) (arrived 28-Jan-2021 08:56)on March 1, 2021 at 10:34 pm
ABBA Take A Chance On Me (1977 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single with orange injection labels, also including I'm A Marionette, Epic company die-cut paper sleeve SEPC5950)