Swedish superstar group Abba announced Thursday they are releasing a new
album, Voyage, and will “perform” a concert — as digital characters in London‘s
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
After a 40-year hiatus, the Swedish pop foursome has reunited for all the dancing
queens out there and will release a new album alongside a virtual concert.
Group members Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 75, Agnetha Faltskog, 71, Bjorn Ulvaeus, 76, and
Benny Andersson, 74, will drop a 10-song studio album and a concert, both titled
The news was announced during the group’s Livestream event on Thursday — also
aptly called “ABBA Voyage.”
The band first cryptically hyped Aug. 26 that the group would possibly be reunited
and release new music. Their official Twitter account brought fans to their website,
AbbaVoyage.com, and promised a “historic Livestream.”
Thursday’s announcement featured a montage of the “Take a Chance on Me” singers
in their younger years as they sang several of their hit songs throughout the decades.
Another montage showed superfans — even Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue —
happily dancing to ABBA’s iconic tunes.
The event then surprised fans with the world premiere of the band’s new music video
and song, “I Still Have Faith In You.”
“When Benny played the melody, I just knew it had to be about us,” said Bjorn.
The virtual concert is said to use motion capture technology to make the band look
younger and in all their 1970s glory. Benny and Bjorn revealed during the livestream
that the crew started with just recording two songs — and then they decided to just
keep going and make a whole new record. They ended up writing 10 tunes for the
album, premiering two during the live stream. “It’s about realizing that it’s
inconceivable to be where we are,” Bjorn said during
the event. “No imagination could dream up that, to release an album after 40 years
and still be the best of friends, and still be enjoying each other’s company, and have
a total loyalty.”