ABBA announce their first studio album of new material in 39 years Voyage and ground-breaking concert series

The legendary Swedish group will released their ninth studio album this November.

ABBA have announced a brand-new album titled Voyage, their first studio record in 39 years.

The legendary Swedish group comprised of Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus confirmed during a worldwide livestream event and coinciding press conference in London that their new 10-track album will be released on Friday November 5.

Voyage is available to pre-order now on CD, cassette and vinyl, the latter formats including standard black vinyl as well as webstore exclusive green and white variants and two picture discs.

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Voyage’s dual lead singles the "timeless" I Still Have Faith In You and Don't Shut Me Down (which was first confirmed to exist in April 2018) are out now, with other songs on the tracklist including When You Danced With Me, I Can Be That Woman and Ode To Freedom.

In addition to the album reveal, the coinciding ABBA digital character tour of the same name has been announced. ABBA Voyage will see digital likenesses of the quartet called ABBAtars - designed by George Lucas' visual effects company Industrial Light and Magic - perform at a 360-degree immersive experience in a bespoke 3000-capacity venue at Olympic Park in East London.

ABBA Voyage will open next year on May 27 and run six nights a week. The 22-track, 90-minute show will feature the two new singles plus the band's greatest hits. Tickets start at £21 and will go on general sale at 10am BST on September 7.

First detailed way back in October 2016, the ABBAtar experience was first set to be unveiled during a BBC TV special in December 2018, but was delayed three times due to both legal complications and technical difficulties and then the pandemic.

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Voyage is ABBA's ninth studio album in total, and first since 1981's The Visitors. The Eurovision Song Contest winners first entered the Official UK Charts in April 1974 with their competition winning song Waterloo, which reached Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart on April 28, 1974.

ABBA have scored nine Number 1 singles and nine Number 1 albums in the UK. Their greatest hits collection Gold is the only album to spend more than 1000 weeks on the Official Albums Chart and is the second bestselling album of all time in the UK, with 5.61 million copies sold as of August 2021. Look back at ABBA's full Official UK Chart history

ABBA – Voyage tracklisting

  1. I Still Have Faith In You
  2. When You Danced With Me
  3. Little Things
  4. Don’t Shut Me Down
  5. Just A Notion
  6. I Can Be That Woman
  7. Keep An Eye On Dan
  8. Bumble Bee
  9. No Doubt About It
  10. Ode To Freedom

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