Group announced reunion in 2018
Swedish pop superstars ABBA are set to release five new songs, instead of two, in 2021. The Independent reports the foursome was going to release the music this year, but forced to push it back a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“They’ve recorded five new songs. They should have been out at the end of last year… Because of technical difficulties and the pandemic, it’s delayed things. But he promised me that the new ABBA music will be out in 2021,” says Reasons To Be Cheerful podcast co-host Geoff Lloyd, who interviewed the band’s Björn Ulvaeus via Zoom.
The songs were recorded in 2018 after the group announced its return after a 35 year hiatus. Two songs were set to be released in December 2018, when they announced their hologram tour, but have never seen the light of day. They were set to perform one of the songs, “I Still Have Faith In You,” as their digital selves in an NBC/BBC-produced TV special — reflecting the tour that has also been put on hold.
ABBA – featuring Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Fältskog — recently released an 8 LP box set that features each of their groundbreaking records for the first time on assorted colored vinyl, and with replica LP artwork. Each of their eight albums reached No. 1 in the UK.
ABBA has achieved nine No. 1 singles in the UK – the most of any non-British group ever. “Dancing Queen” is the group’s best-selling single, spending six weeks at No. 1 in the UK, where it sold more than one million copies. The song also topped the charts worldwide, and became their first and only American No. 1.