Iconic Swedish pop stars ABBA have confirmed they have recorded their first new music in 35 years.
“The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence”, the band said in a statement. “We all four felt that, after some 35 years, 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 we had only been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience!
“It resulted in two new songs and one of them, ‘I Still Have Faith In You’ will be performed by our digital selves in a TV special produced by NBC and the BBC aimed for broadcasting in December. We may have come of age, but the song is new. And it feels good.”
The news comes shortly after fans learnt ABBA are launching a comeback, though they won’t actually be singing and dancing themselves. Instead, virtual ‘Abbatars’ are being created to represent the four members of the Swedish pop group for the upcoming digital gig. The band’s Björn Ulvaeus revealed the news during a speech in Brussels. The two-hour show is expected to be broadcast by the BBC in Britain and simulcast across the globe.
The band will appear as they looked at their musical peak in 1979 thanks to high-tech imaging equipment. Silicon Valley experts are using old videos to replicate how the band danced, dressed and sang so they can be programmed to reproduce hits such as ‘Waterloo’, ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Dancing Queen’. Björn Ulvaeus described the effect as “simply mind-boggling.”
ABBA sold more than 400 million albums during their career, but have not performed since 1986, apart from at a private party in 2016. However, the four members – Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, 71 Anni-Frid Lyngstad, and Agnetha Fältskog – have resisted reunions but are all behind the Abbatar project.
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