Mamma mia! Here we go again…
ABBA have announced plans to release their first new music since 1982, surprising fans with an unexpected reunion.
“We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the studio,” they stated on Instagram.
“And it was like time stood still.”
The four-piece explained that the new music was an “unexpected consequence” of their recent plans to put together a virtual reality tour.
One of the new songs – titled I Still Have Faith In You – will feature in a television special produced by NBC and the BBC, which will be broadcast in December.
Speaking of the new songs, ABBA’s spokesperson Gorel Hanser said: “The sound will be familiar, but also modern.”
She added: “It didn’t feel weird that they hadn’t been in the studio together for 35 years.”
However, fans hoping for a reunion tour will be disappointed as, at this stage, it’s only new music that’s on the way.
“No, you can not expect them to join forces on stage again,” she said. “They will not do that.”
ABBA will appear as holograms for a new stage show as part of the upcoming ABBA Avatar Tour.
Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid will all be officially reuniting for what’s being described as a “new entertainment experience” involving virtual reality and artificial intelligence.
Music manager Simon Fuller said in a statement: “We are exploring a new technological world that will allow us to create new forms of entertainment and content we couldn’t have previously imagined.”
Abba’s Benny added: “We’re inspired by the limitless possibilities of what the future holds and are loving being a part of creating something new and dramatic here. A time machine that captures the essence of who we were. And are.”
Since their breakout hit, 1974’s Waterloo, the Swedish band have sold over 400 million singles and albums across the world.