South Africans on social media have been thrilled with the news that Swedish pop group ABBA yesterday announced that they will be dropping Voyage, their ninth album on 5 November.
The legendary band – comprised of Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad – delighted fans on Thursday with the revelation that they will release their first studio album in 40 years. This is ABBA’s first new material since the release of The Visitors in 1981.
“At first it was just two songs, and then we said, ‘Well, maybe we should do a few others,'” Andersson explained during a press conference. Ulvaeus revealed the inspiration behind the first track on the 10-song album, I Still Have Faith in You.
“When Benny played the melody, I just knew it had to be about us. It’s about realising that it’s inconceivable to be where we are. No imagination could dream up that, to release an album after 40 years and still be the best of friends, and still be enjoying each other’s company, and have a total loyalty. Who has experienced that? Nobody.”
WATCH VIDEO ABBA: I Still Have Faith in You
The video has already had over 6.5 million views in less than 24 hours. ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’ is the second lead single on the album.
Watch Video: ABBA – Don’t Shut Me Down
In addition, the group announced the ABBA Voyage digital avatar concert alongside a 10-piece band, that will be held at a custom-built arena within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London from 27 May 2022.
Producer Ludvig Andersson said:
“Agnetha, Frida, Benny and Bjorn got on stage in front of 160 cameras and almost as many VFX geniuses, and they performed every song in this show, to perfection, over five weeks.” ‘
WATCH Abba: The Voyage – The Journey is About to Begin
Meet the digital avatars of Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid, as they will appear in the @ABBAVoyage concert. Last chance to pre-order ‘Voyage’ before midday (UK time) today for first access to tickets. #ABBAVoyage #ABBA
— ABBA (@ABBA) September 4, 2021