Abba - Abba To Release First New Material In 17 Years
Announced in The Telegraph today - nearly 30 years on from their final recording sessions, an unreleased Abba song will be make its debut on the reissued version of the band's final studio album, The Visitors. The release of a demo version of 'From a Twinkling Star To A Passing Angel' will mark the first time since 1994 that any unheard music from the Swedish pop group has been unearthed and sold commercially. Their 1994 box set Thank You For The Music was the last release to contain any of their new material.
Abba's popularity has never really waned since they quietly disbanded in the 1980s. There has, however, been a resurgence in the popularity since the release of the screen version of Mamma Mia! The musical, soundtracked entirely by Abba songs, was released in 2008 and starred Pierce Brosnan and Meryl Streep. The deluxe edition of The Visitors is scheduled for release on April 23, 2012. When it was originally released in 1981, the album was not as commercially successful as many of its predecessors.
Abba formed in 1972, in Stockholm, Sweden. The line-up of the band consisted of Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn and Anni-Frid. The band gained international recognition when their performance of the track 'Waterloo' won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest. In 2010, Abba were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, having sold over 200 million records worldwide.