ABBA: the Super Trouper group then and now

As they announce new Voyage album and tour

abba then and now

by Hannah Mellin |

ABBA are officially back with a bang.

The 70s group and pop legends delighted fans this week by announcing their first studio album for 40 YEARS. Gimme, gimme, gimme new music, tbh.

However, there's a huge modern twist, as as well as new material (they have already dropped two songs Don't Shut Me Down and I Still Have Faith), with Abba Voyage being released in November, there will also be a "revolutionary" set of concerts where virtual avatars will play hits like Mamma Mia and Waterloo.

The group, who split up in 1982 and reigned supreme throughout the 70s, said they ended up back in the recording studio while working on the stage show.

Benny Andersson said, "At first it was just two songs, and then we said, 'Well, maybe we should do a few others."

They ended up recording 10 tracks - two of which were premiered during a globally-streamed press conference on Thursday.

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Agnetha Fältskog

Singer Agnetha continued to have success as a solo artist after Abba split and had three hit albums. However, she has hit headlines over the years as she's been married and divorced twice and was involved in a horrific road traffic accident in 1983. She retreated from fame in 2004 and went to live outside Stockholm on a farm.

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Playing six nights a week, it will feature digital versions of Abba's band members, accompanied by a 10-piece live band performing 22 of their greatest hits. Tickets go on sale on 7 September, starting at £21, with the opening night on 27 May.

Abba fans were BUZZING about the news, with many of them taking to social media to express their joy at being able to enjoy new music. Some even reckoned they had "saved 2021" with the news.

One tweeted, "New album, incredible sounds, goosebumps and avatars on stage. What more could we ask for! #ABBA #ABBAVoyage #abbacomeback."

Comedian Matt Lucas wrote, "Don’t Shut Me Down turning into maybe my favourite Abba song ever! It just makes me smile and dance and cry every time."

Another fan said, "There’s going to be a time when I stop listening to the new ABBA tracks, but that time is not now. #ABBAVoyage."

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