Swedish pop group ABBA has released their new single “Just A Notion”, off their new album, Voyage.
Formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The group’s name is an acronym of the first letters of their first names arranged in a chiastic pattern.
Widely considered one of the greatest musical groups of all time, they became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1983. They have achieved 48 hit singles.
ABBA is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with sales estimated at 150 million records and the group was ranked 3rd best-selling singles artists in the United Kingdom with a total of 11.3 million singles sold by 3 November 2012.
ABBA was the first group from a non-English-speaking country to achieve consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. They are the best-selling Swedish band of all time[and one of the best-selling bands originating in continental Europe.
ABBA had eight consecutive number-one albums in the UK. The group also enjoyed significant success in Latin America and recorded a collection of their hit songs in Spanish.
On 22 September 2020, all four ABBA members reunited at Ealing Studios in London to continue working on the avatar project and filming for the tour.
Björn said that the avatar tour would be scheduled for 2022 since the nature of the technology is complex. When questioned if the new recordings are definitely coming out in 2021, Björn said “There will be new music this year, that is definite, it’s not a case anymore of it might happen, it will happen.”
On 26 August 2021 a new website was launched, with the title ABBA Voyage. On the page, visitors were prompted to subscribe ‘to be the first in line to hear more about ABBA Voyage’.
On 2 September, Voyage, was announced along with ABBA Voyage, a concert residency in London featuring the motion capture digital avatars of the four band members alongside a 10-piece live band, due to start in May 2022.
Fältskog stated that the Voyage album and tour are likely to be their last.