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ABBA ‘set to break 39-year hiatus as they gear up to release new music next Friday’ 

ABBA are set to break their 39-year hiatus as they will reportedly release brand new music next Friday.

The tracks will be the first new music from the Swedish group made up of Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad in almost four decades.

According to The Sun, the Dancing Queen hitmakers are gearing up to launch a show called Abba Voyage which will see ‘ABBAtars’ of their younger selves beamed on stage to perform their songs. 

They’re back! ABBA are set to break their 39-year hiatus as they will reportedly release brand new music next Friday (Bjorn Ulvaeus, back left, Benny Andersson, back right, Agnetha Faltskog, front left, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad pictured in 1974)

A source said: ‘ABBA are finally making their comeback and plan to release their first new music in 39 years next Friday — it’s huge.’

The Abba Voyage will follow the group’s comeback and the creation of a purpose-built theatre in East London for their hologram show, reportedly set to open next month.

The insider added: ‘Bjorn, Benny, Agnetha and Anni-Frid will all be there on the opening night. And they will finally unveil their Abba-tars, which are like holograms of themselves.

‘The show will feature the Abba-tars performing and speaking to the audience. It will be like taking a step back in time for those watching.’

Comeback: The tracks will be the first new music from the Swedish group made up of Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad in almost four decades (pictured together in 2016)

Comeback: The tracks will be the first new music from the Swedish group made up of Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad in almost four decades (pictured together in 2016)

ABBA are said to have teamed up with Pop Idol creator Simon Fuller to bring the show to life.

Plans for the comeback have been in place since 2019 but were delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

MailOnline has contacted representatives for ABBA for comment.  

It comes after reports surfaced on Tuesday that the group were set to hold a press conference in Stockholm, leading to a flurry of speculation that a huge announcement could be on the cards. 

The Swedish quartet announced in 2018 they were planning to record new tracks for the first time in 35 years, and it was confirmed last year that they have more songs than originally planned.

Show: According to The Sun , the Dancing Queen hitmakers are gearing up to launch a show called Abba Voyage which will see 'ABBAtars' of their younger selves beamed on stage to perform their songs

Show: According to The Sun , the Dancing Queen hitmakers are gearing up to launch a show called Abba Voyage which will see ‘ABBAtars’ of their younger selves beamed on stage to perform their songs 

Despite the news, ABBA have had to delay the releases, which includes I Still Have Faith In You and Don’t Shut Me Down, as well as their ABBAtar hologram tour.

Band member Bjorn Ulvaeus – who is joined by Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Frida Lyndstad in the chart-topping group – told journalist Geoff Lloyd as such.

Speaking on an episode of his podcast Reasons To Be Cheerful, the radio presenter explained: ‘I got to spend an hour with Bjorn Ulveaus from ABBA via Zoom. They’ve recorded five new songs.

‘They should have been out at the end of last year. They’re going to get these holograms out on tour.

Premise: The Abba Voyage will follow the group's comeback and the creation of a purpose-built theatre in East London for their hologram show, reportedly set to open next month

Premise: The Abba Voyage will follow the group’s comeback and the creation of a purpose-built theatre in East London for their hologram show, reportedly set to open next month

‘Because of technical difficulties and the pandemic, it’s delayed things. But he promised me that the new ABBA music will be out in 2021.’

In a statement announcing the new songs, ABBA said at the time: ‘The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence.

‘We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio.’

Major announcement: The Swedish quartet announced in 2018 they were planning to record new tracks

Major announcement: The Swedish quartet announced in 2018 they were planning to record new tracks 

Bjorn later explained the plans had been delayed until at least 2020 due to the complex technical nature of the show they are creating.

The Waterloo group went their separate ways in 1982 at the height of their career, and during their final years Bjorn divorced bandmate Agnetha whilst Benny and Frida split up, too.

They performed together for the first time in decades in 2016 at a private event, which marked the 50th anniversary of the first meeting between songwriters Bjorn and Benny.

Pushed back: The group originally announced a holographic tour featuring some of the band's biggest hits, but it was delayed due to the Covid pandemic

Pushed back: The group originally announced a holographic tour featuring some of the band’s biggest hits, but it was delayed due to the Covid pandemic


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