Last April, ABBA announced that it had recorded two new songs — the Swedish pop legends’ first new music in 35 years — for a virtual touring project. The tunes, originally set to premiere in December 2018 on a TV special airing on NBC and BBC TV, were subsequently delayed until 2019. Now we’ve got more details on the project.
Regarding the songs — titled “I Still Have Faith In You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down” — a rep for ABBA tells Variety, “No release before the summer. Hopefully this fall.”
In December, ABBA’s Benny Andersson said in a video interview with fan site IceTheSite that the songs’ release had been delayed by legal complications. Andersson also told the site that the group might record a third new song for the virtual ABBA tour, since by the time the trek is ready to launch, the other tunes will be old.
In addition, Benny explained that he and the three other ABBA members — Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog and Frida Lyngstad — had such a good time recording the new tunes that he thinks everyone will be enthusiastic about creating more new music.
“We were in [the studio,] it took three minutes and we were all back to where we ended, having fun,” Andersson maintained. “It was just like no time had passed, and we all felt that and we were all very happy about feeling that.”
He added, “I haven’t talked to Frida and Agnetha yet about [the idea that] maybe we should do one more…I think they’ll say ‘Yeah.'”
Plans for the ABBA avatar tour project were first announced in 2016, with Andersson and Ulvaeus teaming with American Idol creator Simon Fuller on the production.
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