One year has passed since ABBA released their first studio album in nearly 40 years – Voyage. The album has sold 2,5 million copies worldwide and today ABBA was honored with a plaque for this milestone, accepted on behalf of ABBA by Benny.
Joakim Johansson (MD Universal Music Sweden), Benny Andersson, Görel Hanser (ABBA Manager) and Mia Segolsson (GM Polar Music International AB)
When Voyage was released last year, it went straight to #1 in 18 countries, including the UK, Sweden, France, Germany and Australia. ABBA also received a U.S. GRAMMY nomination for Record Of The Year (‘I Still Have Faith In You’) and a BRIT Award-nomination for Best International Group. The band were also the winner of Swedish Government’s Music Export Award 2021 and were honored with the Lovie “2021 Special Lifetime Achievement Award”. Voyage was the #1 bestselling album of the year in Germany and biggest selling album in the UK in 2021.
Voyage was ABBA’s first studio album since The Visitors, which was released 30th November 1981. As with all previous ABBA studio albums, Voyage was written and produced by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, their arrangements and lyrics complemented through the unmistakable and timeless vocals of Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
The new album saw the four members of ABBA head back into Benny’s studio Riksmixningsverket in Stockholm over a four-year period to record the ten songs on the album. The album includes ‘I Still Have Faith In You’, and ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’, the first two songs recorded in these sessions, both featured in the ABBA Voyage concert that opened at the ABBA Arena in May 2022 in London, alongside a set-list of the band’s greatest hits.