Swedish pop group Abba announced on Friday that they would be reuniting to record their first new album since 1982.
The announcement, made on their Instagram, said that their upcoming virtual tour had the “unexpected consequence” of making them want to create new music once again.
“We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the studio,” the band said. “And it was like time stood still.”
The group said that they have recorded two songs, and one of them, titled “I Still Have Faith in You,” will be performed as part of a TV special broadcast sometime in December on BBC and NBC.
Abba’s spokesperson Görel Hanser told Aftonbladet that the new sound of Abba is “familiar, but also modern.”
”It was like old times,” Hanser said. “Easy as nothing, it didn’t feel weird that they hadn’t been in the studio together for 35 years.”
Despite some offers of up to a billion dollars, the group resisted pressure to reunite and go on tour again after they went their separate ways in 1982.
Agnetha Faltskog even said in a BBC interview in 2013 that she wanted to leave the band permanently in the past.
“It was such a long time ago, and we are getting older, and we have our different lives,” she said.
While creating and releasing new music, the group will not reunite on stage together physically. Instead, the songs will be performed as part of their new avatar tour that will create a show with the band members as holograms.
The announcement comes roughly a month before Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is set to be released, starring Amanda Seyfried, Lily James, Pierce Brosnan, and Cher.
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