ABBA announce official retirement after their new album Voyage is released

ABBA have confirmed that they will be retiring for good after they release their ninth album Voyage next month.

The album is due to be released on 5 November and is the group’s first new material in 40 years after they called it a day in 1982.

All ten songs featured on the album are composed by ABBA’s songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus who said they are “absolutely trend-blind”.

Meaning that they have ignored the trends in pop music over the decades in an attempt to capture ABBA’S original vibe and signature sound that their fans fell in love with them for.

Sadly for fans, Benny recently confirmed "this is it, it's got to be," meaning that despite their previous disbandment in 1982, the group will not reform again.

The group, who shot to fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, have released three singles ahead of the album.

The most recent, Just A Notion, following I Still Have Faith In You and Don’t Shut Me Down which the BBC moved their 6pm news bulletin to premiere.

Their recent single was originally recorded in 1978 and was supposed to be included on their album Voulez Vous, and fans actually first heard the song on a box-set of outtakes the band released in 1994.

Just A Notion uses the original vocals with updated instrumentals and a re-recorded backing track, which songwriter Björn called ‘ridiculously happy’.

Speaking through quotes tweeted on the official ABBA Twitter account, Björn wrote that he hopes the new single will “cheer you up in these dark times!”

He also contemplated why Just A Notion was not originally included in the iconic album: “Why did we decide against it? In hindsight, I have no clue. It’s a good song with great vocals. I know that we played it to a publisher in France and a couple of other people we trusted and as far as I can remember they liked it very much. So it’s a mystery, and will remain a mystery.”

Despite ABBA’s reunion 40 years after their original split which was sparked by the band’s couples divorcing, they will not be physically performing their songs when they tour.

Instead, they opted for individual virtual ‘Abbatars’ that will sing alongside their musicians in a custom-built arena in Stratford, London.

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