ABBA: Here They Go Again

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Neely Burns, Editor-in-Chief

 

After nearly 40 years of creating no new music, the Swedish pop group ABBA has reunited for a new album. On September 2, 2021, the group released two new songs to prelude their upcoming album release: I Still Have Faith in You and Don’t Shut Me Down.

ABBA is a pop quartet that has been around since the 1970s. The band is made up of Agnetha Fältskog (singer), Björn Ulvaeus (guitarist), Benny Andersson (pianist), and Anni-Frid Lyngstad (singer), and the name of the band derives from the first letter of each of their names. Their music gained significant public notice when the quartet won Eurovision, an international song competition between largely European countries, for their country of Sweden with the song Waterloo. Among other claims to fame, ABBA’s music is heavily used in the musical Mamma Mia. Although they have always existed in the hearts of the world since the band disbanded in 1982 due to interpersonal issues, the group is finally back. Andersson is thrilled with this, exclaiming, “I think hearing Frida and Agnetha singing again is hard to beat.”

In their return on September 2, the group created a video for I Still Have Faith In You using CGI de-aged avatars as an homage to their past. They are creating a full album together on November 5 of 2021, featuring 10 new songs including the two already released by the group. Lyngstad reflects on this, saying, “Such joy it was to work with the group again – I am so happy with what we have made.” They will additionally be performing live in 2022 in a custom-built arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. Tickets are already on sale, so act quick if you are interested, as they might sell out fast.

Although much is uncertain, one thing is: ABBA’s future will be an exciting one. Stay tuned for more ABBA content!