It’s a Hit!
Sweden’s legendary superstar group, ABBA, has released their first studio album in nearly 40 years. In seven days, it has blasted off to reach the top of the UK charts, becoming the fastest seller of the year so far, the Official Charts Company said on Friday.
“Voyage” by the Swedish quartet of Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Anni-Frid racked up 204,000 chart sales in the seven days since it was launched last Friday.
Sales gave the supergroup the biggest opening week on the UK album chart in four years since Ed Sheeran’s “Divide”, and fastest-selling album by a group in eight years.
ABBA, propelled to global fame by their 1974 Eurovision Song Contest win with “Waterloo,” split in 1982, a year after their last album, “The Visitors.”
“Voyage” is their 10th number one album in the UK: only seven other acts — Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Robbie Williams, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie — have achieved more.
The group said in a statement: “We are so happy that our fans seem to have enjoyed our new album as much as we enjoyed making it.
“We are absolutely over the moon to have an album at the top of the charts again.”
The 204,000 sales comprise 90 percent physical copies, including 29,900 on vinyl, making it the fastest-selling vinyl release of the 21st century.
The previous record holder was the Arctic Monkeys’ “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino,” which sold 24,500 vinyl copies in 2018.
The last fastest-seller was One Direction’s “Midnight Memories” in November 2013.
“It’s hard to say what’s been the most joyful thing for me (Benny) with this project. If it’s the involvement in creating the concert together with everyone or being back in the studio together again after 40 years. I think hearing Frida and Agnetha singing again is hard to beat. When you come to the arena you will have the four of us together with an absolutely glorious 10-piece band. And even if not in the flesh, we will be right there, thanks to the work of the creative team and ILM.”
“Those first sessions back in 2018 were such fun and when Benny called and asked if I’d (Anni-Frid) consider singing some more I jumped at it! And what songs!! My respect and love go out to these exceptionally talented, truly genius songwriters! Such joy it was to work with the group again. I am so happy with what we have made, and I dearly hope our fans feel the same.”
“When we got back together in the studio I (Agnetha) had no idea what to expect…But Benny’s recording studio is such a friendly and safe environment, and before I knew it I was really enjoying myself! I can hardly believe that finally, the moment has come to share this with the world!”
“They’re such amazing singers those two, I (Björn) was completely floored by the way they delivered those songs. They’re true musicians; totally unimpressed by pop star glamour but still having a great time being creative in a recording studio. The “Voyage” project has injected new life into us in more ways than one.”
“So, again, thanks for waiting! We hope to see you in the “ABBA Arena” and yes – see – because we have infused a good deal of our souls into those avatars. It’s not an exaggeration to say that we’re back.”
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