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ABBA to make huge comeback as band is ‘set to release first music in 39 years’

Swedish sensations ABBA are reportedly set to release their first music in almost four decades – and it’s said to be due out very soon

Mamma Mia! Here we go again.

After 39 years Swedish sensations ABBA are reportedly on the comeback trail.

The band is said to be releasing new music next Friday in what will be the first new tracks by Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad in almost four decades.

The quartet are also preparing to launch a show called Abba Voyage which features their younger selves beamed on stage as “Abba-tars” and performing a range of classic hits.

A source told The Sun : “ABBA are finally making their comeback and plan to release their first new music in 39 years next Friday — it’s huge.”

The Abba Voyage is set to follow the iconic group’s comeback with the purpose-built theatre in East London for their hologram show said to be ready to open next month.



ABBA are set to also release a show using ‘ABBA-tars’ which will showcase the band in its younger years
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The source continued: “Bjorn, Benny, Agnetha and Anni-Frid will all be there on the opening night. And they will finally unveil their Abba-tars, which are like holograms of themselves.

“The show will feature the Abba-tars performing and speaking to the audience. It will be like taking a step back in time for those watching.”

Pop Idol creator Simon Fuller is said to be behind the project to bring the show to life.









The Mirror has contacted ABBA’s representatives for comment.

The group had originally started planning their long-awaited comeback in 2019 but the Covid-19 pandemic scuppered their idea.

In 2018 the Swedish stars announced that they would be recording new tracks in the future – with the confirmation last year that they would produce more songs than they had first planned.



ABBA’s comeback had been delayed because of Covid-19
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Journalist Geoff Lloyd told listeners of his podcast, Reasons To Be Cheerful, that ABBA’s Bjorn had admitted the band had recorded five new songs.

He went on to say: “Because of technical difficulties and the pandemic, it’s delayed things. But he promised me that the new ABBA music will be out in 2021.”

And in a statement in 2018, the band said: “The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence.





“We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio.”

The group, whose hits include Waterloo, Dancing Queen and Fernando, originally split up in 1982, with couples Bjorn and Agnetha and Benny and Frida breaking off their relationships.

The four performed together for the first time in over 30 years at a private event in in 2016. The performance marked the 50th anniversary of the first time Bjorn and Benny met each other.

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