ABBA releasing first new material in 35 years

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The member of Abba announced that they have written and recorded their first new songs since they split in 1983.

They announced on Instagram two new songs have been recorded for a project in which avatars of the band will perform. The band said in a statement: “The decision to go ahead with the exciting Abba avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence. We all felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did. And it was like time had stood still and we had only been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience!”

One of the two new songs that resulted, called "I Still Have Faith in You," will feature in a TV special to air in December.

The statement continued to say “We may have come of age, but the song is new. And it feels good.”

Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus (one of the B's in "Abba") revealed details of the band’s forthcoming project earlier this week. First, NBC and the BBC will co-produce a two-hour TV special where the band will perform as computer-generated avatars. Ulvaeus said the band had been digitally scanned and “de-aged” to look like they did in 1979, when they performed their third and final tour.

Second, the avatars are then set to tour the world from next year. Those details will be forthcoming.

The band formed in 1972; this news release is very 21st century though, don't you think? This should be interesting with the avatars and such.

Here's an interactive timeline of Abba since they started up way back when:

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