Legendary Swedish pop group ABBA will be releasing new music for the first time in 35 years.
Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus said it was “wonderful” to be back in the studio with their former bandmates, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, adding it was like “no time has passed”.
“It took moments and then we were back.”
Asked about the secret of their success, Bjorn said: “We’re still curious, both of us. Trying new things is still exciting.”
Benny quipped: “Recording an Abba song is not really new but it felt good anyway.”
“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,” the group said in a statement after repeated comments that they would never reunite.
Their band manager Gorel Hanswer confirmed ABBA had recorded two new songs last summer, I Still Have Faith In You and Don’t Shut Me Down.
The news was announced in an Instagram statement from Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Faltskog.
Ulvaeus revealed earlier this month that digitally created virtual band members – “Abbatars” – would perform in a television show in 2018, followed by a tour in 2019 or 2020.