The iconic quartet – Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad – revealed in a statement today that the “unexpected” new tracks are on the way later this year.
They said in a statement, quoted by Afton Bladet: “The decision to go ahead with the exciting ABBA avatar tour project had an unexpected consequence.
“We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did.”
They added: “And it was like time had stood still and that we had only been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyous experience.
“It resulted in two new songs and one of them, I Still Have Faith In You will be performed by or digital selves in a TV special produced by NBC and the BBC aimed for broadcasting in December.
“We may have been old, but the song is new. And it feels good.”
The virtual “Abbatars” had previously been announced; and will form the basis of a “digital gig” – meaning the band themselves won’t be performing, but the group can still be experienced in a concert environment.
The “Abbatars” will tour the world in 2019 and 2020, it was announced.
Fans have reacted with huge excitement – with the group shooting on to Twitter’s trending list.
“Not ABBA and the Korean peninsula reuniting on the same day,” joked one person.
“this is the sort of news we need on a friday,” said Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams.
Emma Kennedy beamed: “Literally hyperventilating at ABBA news. Ohmygodohmygodohmygoohmygodohmygodphmygod.”
“STOP EVERYTHING. ABBA ARE BACK!!!” exclaimed another fan.
Last year, in a TV interview Andersson had revealed why the band had parted ways in the early 1980s.
Speaking to Ross King on ITV’s Lorraine, the serial hitmaker explained that his move towards musical theatre was what ultimately drew a line under the iconic quartet’s time together.
“We [he and Björn Ulvaeus] said we want to try this thing, writing for the theatre,” he recalled.
“And Tim Rice came along so that gave us a big opportunity, so we just go along.
“We wrote Chess, and after that we said what’s the point in going back? Because we like this.”
The group announced a hiatus at the time, and never formally confirmed their split. “So yeah we’re still on a break,” he joked.
It is not known when the two new songs will make their debuts.
Another musical movie based on their hits, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, is due out this summer.