NEW MUSIC: ABBA | I STILL HAVE FAITH & DON'T SHUT ME DOWN
Swedish superstar group Abba is back and has announced they are releasing a new album, "Voyage," and will "perform" a concert — as digital characters — in London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Ahead of the release, they gave us a preview of two tracks: "Have A Little Faith" and "Don't Shut Me Down," which were recorded at Anderson's Riksmixningsverket studio in Stockholm. "We took a break in the spring of 1982, and now we've decided it's time to end it," the band announced in a press release. "They say it's foolhardy to wait more than 40 years between albums, so we've recorded a follow-up to "The Visitors." ABBA is the acronym from the first name of singers Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid "Frida" Lyngstad and instrumentalists/songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. They began in 1970 as a cabaret act. Four years later, they won the Eurovision competition with "Waterloo." They became stars with songs like "Dancing Queen" and "Fernando." Another hit, "Mamma Mia," inspired a Broadway musical and a movie (and its sequel) starring Meryl Streep and Cher. In the announcement, ABBA says their inspiration to record again comes from having created "the strangest and most spectacular concert you could ever dream of." Next May, the group will perform digitally with a live band in a specially built arena at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, employing likenesses created by a team from George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic.