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Premiere of new Abba songs delayed yet again

By | Published on Thursday 23 July 2020


I know what you’ve been telling yourself. Throughout all the nonsense of 2020, you’ve been telling yourself one thing. You’ve been telling yourself, “This year may have been tough, but at least we’ve got those new Abba songs to look forward to”. Well BAD LUCK, that’s not happening either.

On the latest edition of his ‘Reasons To Be Cheerful’ podcast with Ed Milliband, journalist Geoff Lloyd reveals that he recently interviewed Abba’s Bjorn Ulvaeus. “They’ve recorded five new songs [that] should have [been] out the end of last year … [but] they’re going to send these holograms out on tour, and that all needs to be ready to go, and because of technical difficulties and because of the pandemic it’s delayed things, but he promised me the music will be out in 2021”.

This new music has been long-promised, of course. Back in 2018 the group revealed that they had recorded two new songs together for that previously announced hologram project. At that point, one of those songs was set to be premiered during a TV special featuring the hologram version of the band later the same year.

At the beginning of 2019, after none of that had emerged, the band’s Benny Andersson said that delays with legal agreements where holding things up, but that he was hopeful everything would be ready to go by the autumn.

Once again, that time came and went, and now there’s this whole pandemic thing, which has apparently pushed it all back even more.

Although, assuming Lloyd is to be trusted, while Abba fans will have to add another year to what has already been a long wait for new Abba music, they can perhaps console themselves with the knowledge that there are now five new songs incoming, rather than two. That’s a whole EP!