Abba have announced that they have written and recorded new songs for the first time since their split in 1983.
The Swedish pop group had numerous number one hit songs and sold hundreds of millions of records worldwide during their heyday.
They made the announcement on Instagram that they were inspired to return to return to the recording studio in the wake of a project for which computer-generated avatars of the band will perform.
Two songs resulted from the session, one of which, I Still Have Faith in You, will feature in a TV special to air in December.
The band’s avatar project consists of a two-hour TV show co-produced by NBC and the BBC, which will see the band perform as digitally scanned and “de-aged” computer-generated avatars, which will look like they did in 1979, after which the avatars are set to tour the world from next year.
Abba, which consists of members Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog, and Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, formed in 1972 and set the world on fire when they won the Eurovision song contest in 1974 with their song Waterloo.
Years later, the group inspired jukebox musical Mamma Mia! which was a huge success on the West End and later made into the hit movie we know and love. Its sequel, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, also features songs from Abba and will be released in July.