Last year when Bjorn Ulvaeus announced that disco’s favourite Swedish harmonizing quartet ABBA were actually planning on reuniting to record two new tracks
after 38 years, we were all exclaiming, “Mamma Mia!” The “Take A Chance On Me” singers, which included Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Anni-Frida Lyngstad and Agnetha Faltskog, had famously said over the decades that they would never reunite,
but now it seems that the COVID-19 global pandemic has given them extra time to iron out and finesse their big comeback. Deadline
is reporting that instead of only two songs, the “Dancing Queen” crooners will actually release five new banging tracks, and will embark on a virtual holographic tour to support the album.“The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence,” ABBA said in a statement, “We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio.”[video_embed id='1504815']RELATED: You need to see Theresa May dance on stage to ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen’[/video_embed]Some song titles have already been announced, including a track called, “I Still Have Faith In You” and another called, “Don’t Shut Me Down.”But here’s an interesting tidbit they announced for the holographic tour – they will all appear as their younger selves, as they did in the '70s, rather than how they look now. “They photographed us from all possible angles, they made us grimace in front of cameras, they painted dots on our faces, they measured our heads,” Ulvaeus explained the holographic process. “Apparently a cranium doesn’t change with age the way the rest of your body falls apart.”ABBA famously broke up in 1982 amid rising tensions between the former married couples (yes Bjorn was married to Agnetha, and Benny was married to Frida; both later divorced but continued to record together). They originally shot to fame at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with the hit, “Waterloo,” and since their breakup, their music has famously been the basis for the hit Broadway musical Mamma Mia!
and the eponymous movies, Mamma Mia!
and the sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!.
There might be a third movie
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