ABBA's new music is expected to be released in the second half of 2019

At least two new ABBA songs will be released this year in line with the group's forthcoming virtual tour.

Remember when ABBA were going to release two new songs last December and then didn't? Well, the group's spokesperson has revealed when we can expect to hear them - and possibly more. 

The quartet, who parted ways 35 years ago, have recorded new music for a 'Virtual Abba' experience, which is expected to happen this year. 

The songs, called I Still Have Faith In You and Don't Shut Me Down, are hopefully being released in the second half of 2019. A rep told Variety: "No release before the summer," they said. "Hopefully this fall."

In an interview with Icethesite, the group's Benny Andersson said legal compilations had pushed back the virtual tour and therefore the new music. “We are still trying to establish the agreement that needs to be done to be able to continue," he explained. "We are good. It’s the other side, everything that has to be done, everything that has to be drawn. It’s delayed. It’s not our doing."

In the interview below, Andersson teased the possibility of a third new song, to be released when the show launches. 

"The reasons we did the new songs was to put them in the new show," he said. "Now when this show comes up these songs will be old because they [will have been released when the show launches]. So we said we need to do another one for the show.” He admitted that he had not yet spoken with singers Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad about the songs but said he thinks they would approve."

Talking about recording together again, he said: "We had such a good time, we really, really did, we were all back to where we ended, having fun. It was just like no time had passed, we all felt that and we were all happy about feeling that." 

ABBA's classics have been back in the Official Charts recently thanks to the release of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. The group's greatest hits Gold, released in 1992, was the 20th biggest album of 2018.

View ABBA's full UK chart history, which includes nine Number 1 albums, nine Number 1 singles, and the UK's second best-selling album of all-time.