ABBA’s New Music Coming in ‘September or October’


A yr in the past, ABBA followers obtained a very surprising shock when the group introduced that that they had recorded two new songs for a “Digital ABBA” expertise in collaboration with “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller. The venture first introduced in 2016, and was scheduled to premiere, through digital variations of band members, on NBC and ABC on the finish of final yr. Then got here the delays.

Now, ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus says at the least one of many new songs — that are known as “I Nonetheless Have Religion In You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down” — will emerge “in September or October.” The group, one of the profitable in historical past, break up up some 37 years in the past.

Ulvaeus instructed Denmark’s Ekstra Bladettabloid (through the Related Press) on Wednesday that “it takes a particularly very long time” to make a video with the avatars of the group members, including “it has been delayed for too lengthy.”

In January, the group’s Benny Andersson stated in an interview posted on the fan website IceTheSite authorized problems had delayed the discharge.

“When that press launch [about the TV show and recordings] got here out, every part was up and working easily, then it didn’t run as easily,” he stated. “We’re nonetheless attempting to determine the settlement that must be achieved to have the ability to proceed. We’re good. It’s the opposite facet, every part that needs to be achieved, every part that needs to be drawn. It’s delayed. It’s not our doing.” The group’s rep didn’t reply to a request to verify this account.

In a separate interview, Andersson stated that the group might report a 3rd music as effectively.

“We might do one other one when the present [launches],” he stated in an interview posted final month. “And that’s gonna take one other six – eight months. The explanations we did the brand new songs was to place them within the new present. Now when this present comes up these songs will likely be previous as a result of they [will have been released when the show launches]. So we stated we have to do one other one for the present.” He admitted that he had not but spoken with singers Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad concerning the songs however stated he thinks they might approve.

ABBA are one of the well-liked musical artists in historical past, having bought a whole lot of thousands and thousands of albums worldwide since their formation in Sweden 1972. The group’s simple-sounding however extremely refined songs have endured because the group, consisting of two married {couples}, break up amid the breakup of the 2 {couples} in 1982. They set a template for pop music that has risen to prominence in recent times, exemplified by the work of countrymen Max Martin (who has labored with everybody from Britney Spears to Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake over the previous 20 years) on the industrial facet and Robyn on the modern facet.

Whereas songwriters Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus continued to work collectively (together with a musical, “Chess,” with lyricist Tim Rice in 1984), the 4 members didn’t seem collectively publicly onstage once more till 2016. 

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