ABBA announces reunion plans; new album to be released Nov. 5

Fans of the Swedish pop group ABBA will have to dust off their platform boots and shiny costumes, as the band is back together and will soon release new music.

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ABBA last sang together in 2016 at a private gala, but officially last performed back in 1986. They have now reunited for the first time in 40 years.

There had been requests for the band to reunite with reports of an offer of up to $1 billion to tour in 2000. But they finally got back together in 2018, with Agnetha Faltskog saying she “had no idea what to expect.”

She added, “But Benny’s recording studio is such a friendly and safe environment, and before I knew it I was really enjoying myself! I can hardly believe that finally, the moment has come to share this with the world,” BBC News reported.

They announced the news along with two new songs: “I Still Have Faith In You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down.”

But that isn’t all the big news they shared. They are releasing a new album “Voyage” on Nov. 5, the band said on its website. In addition to the two new songs released Thursday, there is also a Christmas tune along with other pop songs, BBC News reported.

ABBA will also be holding a digital concert on May 27 from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s arena in London. The concert will feature “ABBA’s avatars accompanied by a 10-piece live band.”

The avatars were created with the help of Industrial Light & Magic, Rolling Stone reported.

It took a team of more than 850 people to turn the time back on the singers who are now in their 70s.

BBC News reported that the band will perform 22 classics like “Mama Mia” and “Waterloo.” And while the visuals may be avatars, or “ABBA-tars,” the voices are those of the original band members: Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Faltskog.

Tickets for the concert, which will play six nights a week, go on sale Sept. 7.