ABBA Hints at New Music Release
ABBA has teased the release of new music nearly three and a half years after the announcement of a “Virtual Abba” experience.
The link leads to the ABBA Voyage website, with a button to register for the latest updates about the project.
In 2016, the band announced the collaboration with Simon Fuller, American Idol creator, for a digital performance on ABC and NBC, set to premiere at the end of 2018. They delayed the project until 2019, and further delayed new songs from the project until the fall of that year.
According to Benny Andersson on IceTheSite, the delay was caused by legal complications. “When that press release [regarding the recordings and TV show] came out, everything was up and running smoothly, then it didn’t run as smoothly. We are still trying to establish the agreement that needs to be done to be able to continue,” he said.
At the time, Andersson assured that the delay was not linked to the disbandment. “We are good. It’s the other side, everything that has to be done, everything that has to be drawn. It’s delayed. It’s not our doing,” he said.
Last month, Andersson also hinted at the group recording the third song. “We may do another one when the show [launches]… That’s gonna take another 6-8 months,” he said. This new song had not been discussed with other band members
In April of 2018, the band made an announcement about their decision to join together and make new music, alongside the ABBA avatar tour.
“We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio,” they said. “It was like time had stood still and that we had only been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience!”
The two new songs they announced at the time were “I Still Have Faith in You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down,” but they postponed both along with the virtual tour.
The announcement coincides with group member Bjorn Ulvaeus’s confirmation of new music this year. In an interview, he said “It’s not a case anymore of it might happen, it will happen.
The Swedish band, comprised of members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, split in 1982.