ABBA fans, rejoice: Everyone’s favorite Swedish musical exports have announced they’ve recorded their first new songs in more than 35 years, calling their return to the studio “an extremely joyful experience.”
As one of the 1970s’ most iconic acts, ABBA remains among the best-selling groups of all time, with more than 140 million records sold, their best-selling album being 1992’s Gold: Greatest Hits. The group, which comprised married couples Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus, and Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, disbanded in 1982. They’re best known for signature hits like “Waterloo,” “Fernando,” “Mamma Mia” and the immortal dance-floor classic “Dancing Queen.” The group saw a 21st century spike in popularity with the hit musical Mamma Mia! and its film adaptation. A sequel to the film, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, is set to premiere on July 20.
In an Instagram post, the quartet mentioned that one of two new songs, titled “I Still Have Faith in You,” will premiere during a TV special. Unfortunately, it will not be the actual group themselves performing it, but digital avatars of the group, set to tour once the special airs. The special will air in December on both the BBC and NBC.
Perhaps the new songs will be a one-off, or the beginning of the next chapter in ABBA’s legacy. Read the Instagram post that caused a musical emergency below.
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