Back in April, we received news that ABBA would return at the end of this year as a virtual band in a television special produced by NBC and the BBC. Shortly following that announcement, ABBA then announced that as a result of this, the four-piece had returned to the recording studio for the first time in 35 years. However, Benny Andersson has now revealed that new music and the documentary are to be delayed until 2019.
“Thank You for the Music”
The BBC has confirmed that the ABBA documentary, tentatively titled Thank You for the Music is now due to air in 2019. Regarding the new ABBA music, Benny confirms to the Daily Star that this is also now due next year, which is presumably the reason behind the documentary delay:
“It was planned for the end of this year. But I think we are talking about the beginning of next year now.”Benny Andersson
“Uplifting and timeless”
Nevertheless, Benny has teased fans what the two new ABBA songs titled I Still Have Faith In You and Don’t Shut Me Down would sound like:
“I am very proud of both songs. One of them is a pop tune, very danceable. The other is more timeless, more reflective, that is all I will say. It is Nordic sad, but happy at the same time.
I think that the exuberant quality of the two ladies togetherBenny Andersson
singing makesthe saddest song a bit uplifting. I think that is what happens and that [it] is very organic: [it] isn’t calculated, [it] just happened that way.”
An album on the way?
Benny also teased that a third new ABBA song could be in the works:
“Yes it is but don’t tell anyone. If we do the third one, it won’t be out until we go on the road.”Benny Andersson
He also doesn’t rule out a full studio album, as long as there is “good reason” to do so:
“It’s good to have a reason to do what you do and this avatar tour is a reason to come up with something. Doing another album is like doing ‘Mamma Mia 3’, what is the point unless there is a good reason, good script, good environment? It is such a joyful experience, so that is a reason to do it.”Benny Andersson
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