In 1981 Swedish pop sensation and Eurovision winner ABBA released their latest studio album. That is, until now.
Today, Agnetha, benny, Bjorn, and Anni Frid unveiled new music for the first time in four decades: a double A-side single with two new songs, “I Still Have Faith In You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down”.
But that’s not ABBA’s only surprise. Today the band announced that they will be creating virtual avatars of themselves for a live concert experience in London known as ABBA Voyage, as well as releasing a new album, Trip November 5.
ABBA Voyage, the long-awaited concert, will feature the avatars of ABBA accompanied by a 10-piece band in a custom-built arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. These avatars were created based on live recordings of band members in the present day, then digitally edited to create an appearance of the band on stage as it looked 40 years ago. This gives long-time fans a chance to see their favorite band as they remember it and new fans a chance to catch a glimpse of the band in their prime. The concert will feature 22 songs, including some of the band’s biggest hits and their two new songs released today, and will last 1.5 hours.
Now, however, fans can ‘take a chance’ early and head to the It’s ABBA playlist on Spotify, which has been updated with the two new songs as well as 11 Spotify clips, exclusive music videos in which Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA tells the story of the band’s reunion, reflects on friendship, and provides insight into what’s to come.
For a preview, watch below as Björn shares a preview of the gig, as well as the “craziest idea” the band has ever had.
Winner takes all
ABBA has a largely unmatched heritage. The pop group, known for their belt-worthy lyrics and dance floor, disco beats, features two songs in Spotify’s top 100 most-streamed songs of the 70s: “Dancing Queen,” which is part of the top 20, and “Gimme! Give me ! Give me ! (A man after midnight).
And their reach is universal: the main countries for streaming ABBA are the United States and the United Kingdom, followed by Germany, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada, the country of origin of the group, Sweden, and Mexico. To date, over 45 million user-created playlists on Spotify contain at least one ABBA song.
Knowing me, knowing you
ABBA listeners, however, may not be who you think they are. Although the group reached its peak in the 70s and 80s, its base on Spotify is younger. People between the ages of 18 and 24 are streaming the band the most on Spotify, and they’re streaming more every year, increasing their viewing by more than 50% since 2014. It’s clear that ABBA’s songs transcend their era to become enduring favorites, and not just for the generation that fell in love with them first, but for those that came after.
Still don’t have enough? Dive into the top 10 most streamed ABBA songs on Spotify, which you can find alongside Björn’s exclusive videos on the This Is ABBA playlist.
- “Dancing Queen”
- ” Give me ! Give me ! Give me ! (A man after midnight)”
- “Mom Mia”
- “Winner Takes All”
- “Give me a chance”
- “Super Trouper”
- “Put all your love on me”