The cult Swedish band ABBA for the first time in 35 years reunited and even recorded two new songs. The Swedish pop group even announced about thier world tour in the official Instagram-account @abbaofficial.
The quartet members Agneta Feltskog, Bjorn Ulveus, Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lingstad delightedly said:
The four of us thought that after 35 years it would be great to unite efforts again and record a song, so we did it!
They will present one of the new songs titled “I Still Have Faith In You” in December 2018. They have said about this event in social networks:
We may have grown old, but the song is new, and this is cool!
ABBA is one of the most successful bands in the history of popular music. The group existed in 1972-1982. The most famous songs of the band are “Dancing Queen”, “Mamma mia”, “Happy New Year”,”Money, Money, Money”.
According to the legends of the European pop scene, the idea for reuniting for the first time in 35 years in the recording studio came to them when they were working on the future tour of their virtual avatars.
It seemed to us that the time had stopped, that we just went away for a short vacation.
They also told that they managed to record two new songs. Their virtual avatars will perform one of them, I Still Have Faith In You, for a TV program, which is due in December for the BBC and NBC.
Earlier, the participants of the quartet reported that they were preparing a tour of their virtual avatars.
ABBA interesting facts
The Swedish musical quartet ABBA is named after the first letters of the names of the performers: Agneta Feltskog, Bjorn Ulveus, Benny Andersson, Annie-Frid Lingstad.
In 1974, the band presented Sweden at the European music contest Eurovision with the song Waterloo. ABBA won a show at the Brighton House in England. After this victory quartet’s career went up.
Waterloo was the first song of ABBA, which became their number one in England. In the US, it reached the sixth line in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Although the Waterloo album itself climbed only to the 145th position of the Billboard 200 chart.
It is one of the most successful bands in the history of popular music and the most successful of the ones created in Scandinavia. Records of the group sold in more than 350 million copies around the world.
In 1978, the ABBA group was extremely popular. The quartet converted the old cinema into the sound recording studio of Polar Music in Stockholm. Other famous bands, such as Led Zeppelin (the album In Through the Out Door) and Genesis (Duke’s album), later recorded there.
Quartet’s singles ranked first in the charts: from the mid-1970s (“Waterloo”) to the early 1980s (“One of Us”), and the collections topped the world charts in the 2000s. The band’s music remains in the playlists of radio stations, and their albums sell well to this day.
They were the first representatives of continental Europe, who won first place in the charts of all leading English-speaking countries (USA, Great Britain, Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand).
For outstanding merits in music on March 15, 2010, the ABBA group was included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Benny and Frida were married until February 1981. Their marriage had been in trouble for quite some time. Benny met another woman, Mona Norklit, who he married in November of the same year.
The Formula 1 pilot Slim Borgudd took part in the session recordings of the band’s albums. His bolide ATS had the ABBA logos on the side air intakes of his car.