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ABBA’s Frida suggests ‘Voyage’ might not be their last album: “Don’t be too sure”

Benny Andersson had previously insisted that 'Voyage' would be ABBA's final record

By Emma Kelly

ABBA pose for their 2021 photoshoot
ABBA have made a comeback with 'Vioage' (Picture: Baillie Walsh)

ABBA star Anni-Frid Lyngstad has suggested that ‘Voyage’ won’t be the band’s last album.

The Swedish pop superstars released their first album in 40 years last week, and songwriter Benny Andersson insisted that ‘Voyage’ would be the final record by the group.

He told The Guardian: “This is it. It’s got to be, you know. I didn’t actually say ‘this is it’ in 1982. I never said myself that ABBA was never going to happen again. But I can tell you now: this is it.”

However, Frida – full name Princess Anni-Frid, Dowager Countess of Plauen – has said we shouldn’t be “too sure” about that.

Speaking on Zoe Ball’s BBC Radio 2 show today (November 11), the 75-year-old said: “I have learned to say never say never. We have probably said this must be the last thing we do – think of our ages, we are not young any longer.

“But you never know – don’t be too sure.”

‘Voyage’ featured nine brand new songs from ABBA, plus ‘Just A Notion’, which was originally written for their 1979 album ‘Voulez-Vous’.

The album is expected to hit number one in the UK charts tomorrow (November 12). It’s believed to have sold more than 160,000 physical copies in the UK.

‘Voyage’ precedes a groundbreaking live residency that’s set to kick off next May in London, with ABBA’s Lyngstad, Andersson, Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus set to perform via digital avatars.

The “ABBA-tars”, made to look like the group in their 1970s heyday, will perform alongside a live 10-piece band in a specially built arena in London.

Speaking about ‘ABBA Voyage’, Lyngstad said: “It’s very exciting. I didn’t know what to believe in the beginning…it was hard to comprehend, I must admit. But now we see some of the results, I’m very excited about the whole thing.”

Bookings have been opened up until December 2022.

Also on the Radio 2 programme, Lyngstad admitted that while ABBA shot to fame winning the Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Waterloo’ in 1974, she no longer watches the contest.

She told Ball: “I’m sorry to say no I don’t. I’m not so interested because it has changed so much over the years and it’s not what it was at that time.

“Now it’s more like a show, it’s very technical and there are some good songs coming out of it, but I cannot say I’m a fan of Eurovision, maybe I shouldn’t say it, but I did it anyway.”