ABBA to release new music in 'September or October' 2019

ABBA is reuniting for a virtual tour.
ABBA is reuniting for a virtual tour. Photo credit: File

Iconic Swedish pop group ABBA has announced new music is coming this year.

Björn Ulvaeus says the group has recorded two songs, and at least one will be released in "September or October". They are titled 'I Still Have Faith In You' and 'Don't Shut Me Down'.

He told Danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet the music will be part of a "virtual ABBA tour" first announced in 2016. The project, which will feature digital avatars of the four singers, was scheduled to premiere on TV last year but was plagued with delays.

Ulvaeus says "it takes an extremely long time" to create the holographic tour.

"It has been delayed for too long," he told Ekstra Bladet.

In January fellow ABBA member Benny Andersson said the virtual tour had become entangled in legal complications.

"We are still trying to establish the agreement that needs to be done to be able to continue," he said in an interview on IceTheSite. "We are good. It's the other side, everything that has to be done, everything that has to be drawn. It's delayed. It's not our doing."

ABBA disbanded in 1982 after a decade of worldwide success. Their enormous fame caused tension within the group, leading to the collapse of Ulvaeus' marriage to Agnetha Fältskog and Andersson's marriage to Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

Their music has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in the 21st century, largely thanks to the ABBA-soundtracked stage musical Mamma Mia! and its two film adaptations.