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21 July 2020, 17:38
The highly-anticipated new music was set to be released at the end of last year, but had to be pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.
New music from ABBA will now be released in 2021 after being delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Björn Ulvaeus has said.
The Swedish supergroup had previously promised fans two brand new songs 'Still Have Faith In You' and 'Don't Shut Me Down' in 2018.
The new music was set to coincide with a hologram tour titled Abbatar – but technical difficulties and the pandemic has delayed them both.
In an interview with journalist Geoff Lloyd on his podcast Reasons To Be Cheerful, Björn revealed that five new tracks were originally planned to be released at the end of last year.
"Because of technical difficulties and the pandemic, it's delayed things," Geoff explained.
"But he promised me that the new ABBA music will be out in 2021."
Describing some of the new music in 2018, Björn said: "One of them is a pop tune, very danceable.
"The other is more timeless, more reflective, that is all I will say. It is Nordic sad, but happy at the same time."
Last year Björn exclusively revealed to Smooth Radio that the band were preparing something special for 2020.
Speaking on the set of Mamma Mia! The Party at London's O2 Arena, the band member reflected on the statement ABBA had released to fans in 2018 with the promise of two new songs.
Björn told Smooth Radio: "It was a global reaction which was fantastic! We never expected it, but we just put it out because we thought the news would get out and there'd be rumours about a reunion and stuff.
"So we put out that just to make people aware there were these two new songs in the can and we thought we'd be able to release them much sooner."