More than three decades after they ruled the charts in the late 1970s with a string of hits such as “Dancing Queen” and “Take a Chance On Me”, Swedish pop group ABBA revealed they have reunited in secret to record two new songs — the first new music from ABBA in 35 years. However, a rep has insisted the group have no plans to tour anytime soon, aside from their upcoming virtual one scheduled for next year.
The group released a statement last week explaining the new singles were an “unexpected consequence” of the upcoming “virtual tour” that will see ABBA — or, to be precise, hologram avatars of the four group members projected onstage — reunite in digital form in all their groovy ’70s glory.
“We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the studio again. And so we did,” a statement from ABBA members Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad read.
They added that returning to the studio, “was like time had stood still and that we only had been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience!”
One of the new songs, titled “I Still Have Faith in You”, will be debuted in a TV special (“performed by our digital selves”) set to air on BBC and NBC in December.
“We may have come of age, but the song is new,” the statement concluded, “and it feels good.”
Despite fans getting their hopes up for an actual tour, band spokesperson Gorel Hanser has since insisted this isn’t going to happen.
“No — definitely not,” Hanser told the Mirror. “We should remember them how they were in the 1970s, and listen to how they sing today.”
She did add that the band were “happily surprised” by the fan reaction to the new songs, with her admitting: “Everyone is so joyful. It was great to spread a happy word in the world right now. They are happily surprised, all four of them.”
In an interview with a Swedish newspaper, she previously teased what fans could expect from the new songs.
“The sound will be familiar, but also modern,” she explained, noting that the recording sessions felt “like old times… Easy as anything. It didn’t feel weird that they hadn’t been in the studio together for 35 years.”
While the real-life members of ABBA may have reunited in the studio, Hanser previously said again that they wouldn’t be taking to the stage together.
“No, you cannot expect them to join forces onstage again,” she added. “They will not do that.”