The iconic Swedish pop group, ABBA, are gearing up to release new music later this year, their first recordings in over three decades.
In a clip shared by the unofficial Twitter account ABBAtalk, Benny Andersson, who makes up the band alongside Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, was asked where the ABBA songs were that he’s been promising for such a long time.
Speaking in his native Swedish, Andersson confirmed what we have all be hoping for. “They’re coming this year. I’m guessing after the summer. But I can only guess, because I’m not really sure. But I would think so,” he explained.
— ABBAtalk (@abbatalk) February 1, 2020
The musician was then asked if whether he could promise the new material would arrive this year. He responded by saying “one shouldn’t promise anything but if I were to decide myself, it would be September.” He then added, “I can’t make that decision alone. But that’s what we’re aiming for.”
The news comes after the band issued a press release in early 2018 announcing they’d recorded two new songs. The songs even had titles: ‘I Still Have Faith in You’ and ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’. However, 2018 came and went and no new ABBA songs surfaced. But here’s hoping for 2020!
ABBA first shot to worldwide fame when they won the Eurovision Song Contest in April 1974 with ‘Waterloo’, giving Sweden its first triumph in the contest. They went on to become the most commercially successful pop group of the 1970s, selling over 300 million albums and singles worldwide. The band officially parted ways after the December 1982 release of their single ‘Under Attack’.