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ABBA share “ridiculously happy” new single ‘Just A Notion’

Vocals for ABBA's third comeback single were originally recorded in 1978

By Patrick Clarke

Digital avatars of the members of ABBA
ABBA's digital avatars from their forthcoming 'Voyage' project (Photo: Press)

ABBA have released their third new track since announcing their return.You can hear the joyous ‘Just A Notion’ below.

The vocals for the song were first recorded in September 1978 during sessions for the band’s sixth album ‘Voulez-Vous’, but the instrumental has been newly updated. The full track follows a snippet shared earlier this week.

In a statement, the band’s Björn Ulvaeus said: “‘Just A Notion’ is a ridiculously happy song and hopefully it will cheer you up in these dark times!”

He continued: “Wikipedia says this track was recorded in September 1978, which sounds about right. That puts it in between ‘ABBA the Album’ and ‘Voulez-Vous’, and it would have been included in the latter had we not decided against it.

“Why did we decide against it? In hindsight, I don’t have a clue. Its a good song with great vocals. I know that we played it to a publisher in France and a couple of other people we trusted and as far as I can remember they liked it very much. So it’s a mystery and will remain a mystery.”

The track will appear on the Swedish pop titans’ new album ‘Voyage’, which is released on November 5, along with the already-released singles ‘Don’t Shut Me Down‘ and ‘I Still Have Faith In You‘.

Announcing their return after a 39-year hiatus, ABBA also shared plans for an innovative concert experience to support it. The group will appear as digital avatars, accompanied by a 10-piece band, at the specially-built ABBA Arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.

In a statement, ABBA said: “It’s been a while since we made music together. Almost 40 years, actually. We took a break in the spring of 1982 and now we’ve decided it’s time to end it. They say it’s foolhardy to wait more than 40 years between albums, so we’ve recorded a follow-up to ‘The Visitors’.”

They added: “To all of you who patiently have followed us in some way or another these past decades: Thank you for waiting – it’s time for a new journey to begin.”