“It started with two songs and then we asked ourselves: Why don’t we make an entire record?” This is how Bjorn Ulvius and Benny Anderson explained, in an interview this Thursday (2/9), in London, a decision daddy With the release of a new album, 40 years after the last studio album of the legendary Swedish band.
In addition to promoting the two songs and announcing the new album on November 5th, the band also confirmed the achievement of a hologram show for its members, who are now in their 70s.
Anderson, 74, said as Ulvaeus remembered the advice “to let no more than 40 years pass between albums.”
His ex-wives, the other two ABBA members Annie Fred Lingstad, 75, and Agentha Waltzkog, 71, did not attend the press conference in London but did follow the event online, according to their colleagues.
In April 2018, the four announced their return to court for the first time, recording “I Still Believe in You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down”, which were not released however.
“I Still Believe in You” was heard for the first time at the presentation of the new album, accompanied by archival footage of the band, whose colorful costumes and catchy songs, such as “Dancing Queen”, “Money, money, money” and “Waterloo‘, in the memory of audiences around the world.
Through “Abba-tares,” the name given to the digital avatars of the four members of the young-looking group, the “ABBA voyage” scene will be staged in a theater built especially for the occasion in London. It will be 22 songs and is about an hour and a half long.
According to Swede Karl Magnus Palm, a specialist in the group, the creation of these digital avatars delayed the band’s comeback. “There were technological problems, it didn’t go as expected. They were ready for it a year ago, but then the epidemic came,” he said.
ABBA’s last studio album was released in 1981. The following year, the band ended. The split from the group frustrated millions of fans. In 1992, “ABBA Tell”, a compilation of the band’s greatest hits, was among the world’s best-selling albums.
Subsequently, the musical “Mamma Mia” and the films derived from it, starring Meryl Streep and Colin Firth, attracted a new following of the Swedish band, who were not even born during the 1970s, at the height of their success.
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