ABBA’s initial tear through the international pop landscape may have only lasted 10 years from 1972-82, but with album sales reaching well into the hundreds of millions, the band reached a level popularity captured only by a very select few in the history of commercial music. The lasting impact from the Swedish pop quartet continues to seep well into American (and international) culture, and now it appears that all four original members of the band have reunited in the studio, and will be releasing new music starting later this year, Pitchfork reports.
The band took to their Instagram page (which only has about 30,000 followers) on Friday morning to reveal what Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad have been up to lately and what fans can expect to hear from them in the very near future.
“The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour had an unexpected consequence,” it reads in the copy-only statement share to their social media platform. “We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did. And it was like time had stood still and that we only had been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience!”
The rest of the post, which can be read in full below, and also reveals that the band has recorded a pair of brand new songs, with one titled “I Still Have Faith In You.” The track is scheduled to receive its television debut via NBC and the BBC this December. As Pitchfork reports, the "I Still Have Faith In You" is tied into a previously reported virtual reality project, which involves Universal Music Group and “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller. The project will allow for a digitized version of the band to perform the song on television, as well as enabling the holograms of the band to tour, possibly as early as 2019.
There’s been no word as to whether or not the original members will also be doing any actual performing themselves. If they do decide to embark on a reunion tour or even just a one-off performance at some festival, fans should assume that it’ll be one of the most in-demand tickets in pop music history.