ABBA hit the big time after triumphing at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 with Waterloo
And now almost 50 years later the Swedish group is planning to release new music. Here we take look back at the history of the iconic band…
Who are ABBA?
ABBA is Sweden’s biggest ever pop-group and one of the most popular bands in history.
They have sold over 380 million albums and singles worldwide and were the first group from a non-English speaking country to have consistent success in English speaking countries.
The band was named after the band members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
They won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 with their smash hit Waterloo before going on to enjoy worldwide success.
Benny and Anni-Frid were married between 1978 and 1980, and Bjorn and Agnetha married in 1971 but divorced in 1979; they had a son and a daughter together.
The band became well known for their outrageous 70s style costumes throughout their career.
What are ABBA’s greatest hits?
Their compilation album Gold: Greatest Hits (released in 1992) has become one of the most popular albums worldwide, with sales of over 28 million copies.
Their best selling singles in the UK are:
- Dancing Queen
- Knowing Me Knowing You
- Super Troupe
In the UK, the group had nine Number One songs in the chart between 1974 and 1980.
The only recording artists with more UK No1 hits by 1980 were Elvis Presley and The Beatles.
When did ABBA split?
The band never formally announced a split but stopped performing together in 1982 and focused on their solo careers.
As the stars concentrated on their own musical careers they denied that they had split over the next few years.
Except for a TV appearance in 1986 they did not appear publicly together until 2008 when they reunited at the Swedish premiere of the Mamma Mia! movie.
Are ABBA getting back together and when will new music be released?
In August 2021, the quartet confirmed they were launching a show called Abba Voyage — featuring “Abba-tars” of their younger selves beamed on stage performing their classic hits.
Abba Voyage will feature a new documentary-style film, following their comeback from making music to the creation of a purpose-built theatre in East London for the Holograms show, which is due to open in May 2022.
As well as the hologram show they will be releasing new music.
A source said in August 2021: “Abba are finally making their comeback and plan to release their first new music in 39 years next Friday [September 3] — it’s huge.”
The news comes after they released a statement in April 2018 saying they were going into the recording studio.
They said: “It was like time had stood still and we had only been away on a short holiday.
“An extremely joyful experience!
“It resulted in two new songs and one of them ‘I Still Have Faith In You’ will be performed by our digital selves in a TV special produced by NBC and the BBC aimed for broadcasting in December.
“We may have come of age, but the song is new. And it feels good.”
They signed off the letter from: “Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn, Anni-Frid – Stockholm, Sweden, 27 April 2018.”
The hologram event was first revealed in 2016 after signing a multi-million pound deal with Spice Girls mastermind Simon Fuller
When were ABBA last on stage?
Their final public performance was on the UK show The Late, Late Breakfast Show on December 11, 1982.
Their first public reunion post-ABBA was for the Swedish premiere of Mamma Mia! the movie in 2008.
In 2016 they reunited in Stockholm for the opening of Mamma Mia! The Party – a new entertainment venture in the city.