As Eurovision week 2018 approaches, some exciting news has broke about the 1974 winners Abba. The quartet comprised of Benny, Bjorn, Annifrid and Agnetha are to reform and release new music, their first album in 35 years. The band had been taking part in a recent virtual reality tour but only appeared together as holograms. This new music is an ‘unexpected consequence’ of that tour.
The group posted a joint statement on their Instagram account earlier this afternoon which said:
‘We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the studio!’
While no official date for release has been announced, fans can expect to hear one of the new songs ‘I Still Have Faith In You’ in December in a special broadcast by the BBC. The album is expected to be an up to date twist on the familiar Abba sound.
An ABBA reunion has been rumoured many times over the years but there always appeared to be a reluctance to work together again. In the past Agnetha had said that the band is best left in the past: ‘It was such a long time ago, and we are getting older, and we have our different lives’. This doesn’t seem to be the case anymore and they seem to have put any old differences aside. A spokesperson for the group has claimed that it was “…easy as anything. It didn’t feel weird that they hadn’t been in the studio together for 35 years’ and that it was just ‘like old times’.
The hugely popular musical ‘Mamma Mia!’ based on the band’s music is due to get a sequel ‘Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!’. Scheduled for a release this summer, it will star the original cast from the first film (Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried and Pierce Brosnan) and will also add Cher to the roster.
Abba won the Eurovision in 1974 with their song ‘Waterloo’ and have gone on to sell 500 million albums worldwide making them one of the most successful musical acts of all time! As well as being known for their catchy pop music, the band have also wowed us with their fashion sense over the years.
Could the reunion mean a last minute addition to interval performance at Eurovision 2018? Probably not, but we can live in hope!