Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! Abba fans ecstatic as two new tracks announced
ABBA fans have been saying Thank You For The Music today as the pop legends announced they have recorded two new tracks.
The Swedish sensations, who haven’t recorded any new music in around 35 years, revealed that the two new songs came about by chance — the ‘unexpected consequence’ of their virtual reality tour.
Taking to their official Instagram account, the group wrote: ‘The decision to go ahead with the exciting Abba avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence.
‘We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did.
‘And it was like time had stood still and that we had only been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience!’
The band went on to reveal the title of one of their new tracks and that they will be ‘performing’ it this year.
‘It resulted in two new songs,’ they wrote, ‘and one of them, I Still Have Faith In You, will be performed by our digital selves in a TV special produced by NBC and the BBC aimed for broadcasting in December.
‘We may have come of age, but the song is new. And it feels good. Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn, Anni-Frid.’
Fans have already reacted enthusiastically to the news, with one commenting: ‘TODAY IS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!’
‘This is truly amazing and makes me so happy!!!’ posted someone else, while another did indeed write simply: ‘Thank you for the music!’
Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus previously said the group would never perform again because it would be ‘too enormous’.
He said it was ‘not going to happen’, adding: ‘I think we don’t feel the motivation.
‘The four of us, with live concerts, no. The simple answer is because we don’t want to.
‘Why don’t we want to? I guess because it would be such hassle, it would be enormous. And it would take such… you cannot imagine the tension and the attention from everyone.
‘So it would be like robbing yourself of, perhaps, two or three years out of your life when I could be paddling on my surf ski in the archipelago of Stockholm instead. There’s a choice.’
Abba soared to success in 1974, when their song Waterloo won the Eurovision Song Contest.
Author: Anna Thomson