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ABBA announces new album after nearly 40-year hiatus

CBS News logo CBS News 9/3/2021 Tori B. Powell
Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog posing for the camera: Abba © Jorgen Angel Abba

Swedish pop group ABBA is back after nearly 40 years with a new album and upcoming "state-of-the-art" digital concert, the musicians announced Thursday. The 10-track project, "Voyage," will be released November 5 and will be performed virtually in 2022. 

"It all came rushing back in a matter of seconds," group member Björn Ulvaeus said of recording the new album in a live-streamed video on Thursday. 

"It was like no time had passed. Quite amazing," member Benny Andersson added. 

Digital versions — or "ABBA-tars" — of the group's four members will debut on May 27, 2022 at a custom-built concert venue in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London with a live 10-piece band. The concert will use motion capture technology designed by the visual effects company behind Star Wars, Industrial Light & Magic, the band said. 

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The "Dancing Queen" musicians debuted two songs off their upcoming album on Thursday: "I Still Have Faith in You" and "Don't Shut Me Down." Andersson said they will perform both new songs and some of the group's greatest hits. 

"At our age, there's a certain depth to it, I think, to the whole thing musically and lyrically, and of course the way they sing and the way they deliver," Ulvaeus said of "Voyage." "There's a lot of experience and a lot of years in that that I hope people can feel."

Concert tickets will be available for early purchase on September 6, and the new album is available for pre-order. 

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