ABBA to release new music after 35-year hiatus 2 years ago

ABBA to release new music after 35-year hiatus

Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid are back.

Swedish pop band ABBA is set to release new music for the first time in 35 years, they announced on Friday.

The supergroup have recorded two new songs, including 'I Still Have Faith In You' which will be performed on a TV special in December.

They said they made the decision to make music again as they thought it "could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did."

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Band members Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad said "it was like time had stood still" and it was as if they had only "been away on a short holiday."

"An extremely joyful experience!" they added.

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The band said they had enjoyed their hologram tour project so much, it gave them the idea to make some new music.

In 2016 ABBA announced they would be touring the world in 2019, but in digital form as holograms alongside a live band.

The announcement they have recorded two new songs has given fans hope the real band members might turn up.

ABBA is one of the most successful pop music acts in history, topping the global charts from 1974 to 1982.

They were catapulted to worldwide fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden in 1974 at The Dome in Brighton with their song 'Waterloo'.

ABBA remains the most successful group to have ever taken part in the competition, having sold more than 500m records, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

Their jukebox musical Mamma Mia! debuted in the West End in 1999 and is still running both in London and worldwide; its website claims that it has been seen by 60m people in 440 cities.

The show was adapted into a film in 2008, which grossed $615m worldwide. A sequel, called Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, is released in June.