2018 has already been a massive year for a freshly reunited ABBA, with uDiscover Music previously confirming that the iconic Swedish quartet have returned to the studio and recorded their first new songs in 35 years. Now, US television network NBC is getting in on the tributes. On Friday, 4 May, the network officially announced an ambitious, star-studded two-hour special dedicated to the legendary pop group.
The special, which will air on NBC in December, promises to pay homage to some of ABBA’s classic songs, with a variety of artists performing hits like ‘Dancing Queen,’ ‘Mamma Mia,’ ‘The Winner Takes It All’ and ‘Take a Chance On Me.’ The news follows the recent announcement that ABBA will debut their first new song in 35 years, performed by a virtual “avatar” version of the band on a massive world tour.
The worldwide telecast will be produced/directed by Johan Renck and executive produced by Simon Fuller. Es Devlin is on board as set designer. President, Alternative and Reality Group at NBC Entertainment, Paul Telegdy, said in support of the upcoming project: “This network is also thrilled to be the home of brand new ABBA music for the first time in decades. It’s a gift.”
In addition to the new music and the NBC TV special, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – the sequel to the 2008 movie based on the megahit Broadway musical Mamma Mia! – is scheduled to arrive in US theaters in July.
ABBA first formed in Stockholm in 1972. They broke out with the Eurovision-winning ‘Waterloo’ two years later and are estimated to have sold over 140 million records, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. They split up in 1982 and the band has been dormant ever since, other than a one-off private party in 2016.
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