ABBA will release five new songs in 2021, the year in which the legendary Swedish group will make the long-awaited holographic tour that will have a significant message in support of the music industry due to the coronavirus pandemic. Thus the number of unpublished songs is expanded, since initially they were going to be two.
The plan dates back to 2018, when the group, comprised of Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Fältskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus, announced their intention to release two unreleased tracks as a comeback. But the process has been lengthening and, finally, the project has been expanding. They will be the first new ABBA material in 35 years.
Among the five songs will be the already announced ‘I Still Have Faith in You’ and ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’. “The decision to go ahead with this exciting ABBA holographic touring project had an unexpected consequence. All four of us felt that, after 35 years, it might be fun to join forces again and go back to the recording studio,” the band stated in a joint statement.
In February of this year, Andersson, in a statement for the ABBA Talk website, revealed that the two previously announced songs were due out this year. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all plans, causing something positive paradoxically, since this has motivated writing three more topics.
THE HOLOGRAPHIC TOUR, ALSO IN 2021
The holographic tour will show the young version of the four components, evoking the spirit of the 70s. “They photographed us from every possible angle, made us grimace in front of the cameras, painted spots on our faces, measured our heads” Bjorn Ulvaeus declared to Deadline.
Although ABBA broke up in 1982, the public’s passion for the Swedish group has not waned over time. Highly remembered is the band’s meeting in 2016 to mark the 50th anniversary of the first meeting between composers Andersson and Ulvaeus.