IT is the most secretive reunion in pop history – but the return of ABBA is one step closer.
I can reveal Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad got back together to film at Ealing Studios in West London to work on content for their groundbreaking hologram tour.
Instead of hitting the road themselves — despite being offered $1billion to do so — they are sending out the interactive show, which will earn each of them £3million.
And the visit to Britain was a big step towards the show, which is due to launch in 2022 and will celebrate their 50th anniversary.
A music insider said: “ABBA have kept everything about their reunion shrouded in mystery but this has really been a long time coming.
“They announced the tour in 2016 and although it’s been a slog to get to this point, it is now full steam ahead and the show is taking shape.
“Agnetha, Bjorn, Benny and Frida have all recorded bits and pieces and they have enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane with it all.
“They are all getting a nice cheque out of it, so it will be worthwhile, but they’ve got more than enough money from their music, so it’s not about that.
“All four of them just wanted to give back to their fans, so they have done everything in their power to fly into London for the filming, despite the travel restrictions.”
The show will feature five new songs from the Swedish pop legends which are expected to be released next year — 38 years after their last UK single, Under Attack. Despite it being almost four decades since they split, the group’s musical legacy is still alive and well.
Their greatest hits album, ABBA Gold, has now spent an eye-watering 959 weeks in the charts and this week is still at No22.
This new show sounds a bit out there, but given the number of hits ABBA have, it will be well worth the wait.