ABBA will be releasing five new songs next year, as their reunion was postponed due to the global health crisis.
Before we get into this, can we all agree that Pierce Brosnan shouting “When you’re gone, how can I even try to go on?!?!?!?!” is simultaneously the best and worst thing to ever happen to ABBA? You just can’t beat moments like that. Musical and cinematic history was made then and there.
Initially ABBA were due to be releasing two new songs by the end of this year, but for obvious reasons that isn’t happening now. There is good news though, as ABBA are adding three more songs to their new roster.
I must admit, I’m not a huge fan of ABBA by any means – their music sounds like it was made specifically for karaoke – but even I’m slightly excited to see what they come up with.
The news comes courtesy of Geoff Lloyd, co-host of the Reasons To Be Cheerful podcast, who said:
“I got to spend an hour […] with Björn Ulvaeus from Abba via Zoom. He’s quarantining – he’s got an island in the Stockholm archipelago.
“They’ve recorded five new songs. They should have been out at the end of last year… 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“.
Imagine having an island. Even if it was nothing to boast of. You could walk along it in an hour. It would still paradise.
It’s pretty great news, as ABBA’s last studio album was released in 1982 – with a couple of previously unreleased songs being shared in the early-to-mid 90s – so seeing where they’ve gone creatively since then will be pretty interesting.
While ABBA initially separated after breakdowns in relationships (at one point the band consisted of two married couples), the good news is that they’re all friendly again, with Ulvaeus revealing:
“It took half a minute and somehow we were back in time like we had been there yesterday as well. It was so strange. That feeling between us was extraordinary“.
How lovely, eh?