ABBA‘s Björn Ulvaeus has revealed that the Swedish supergroup will be releasing some new music later this year, after originally announcing the intention to record new material back in 2018.
It was originally hoped that the new material - the groups first time in the studio in over 35 years - would have emerged by Christmas 2018 but it is yet to materialise.
In a new interview, Ulvaeus said ABBA was unlikely to ever perform together on stage again, but did say the group will be releasing new music before the end of 2020.
When asked when fans could expect some new music, the producer-songwriter replied: “I think sometime this year. Yes, I think so.”
These comments come after fellow group member Benny Andersson said back in February that the iconic group were hoping to release some new music later this year.
They’re coming this year. I’m guessing after the summer.
But I can only guess, because I’m not really sure. But I would think so," he said.
A new song titled ‘I Still Have Faith In You’ was due to premiere on the BBC in December 2018, to be followed by another new song ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’, but neither surfaced. It’s unclear whether the new material will include these songs. I
Ulvaeus was asked what it was like to be back in the studio with the rest of ABBA after 35 years, to which he replied: “Oh, that was so great. 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.”
Earlier this month, ABBA‘s ‘Waterloo’ was crowned the UK’s favourite Eurovision song of all-time. A one-off BBC TV special on the 16th May, called ‘Come Together’, had the British public vote on performances from previous years, hosted by Graham Norton. Viewers were given the chance to vote on a shortlist created by experts and celebrity super fans, with ABBA coming out on top.