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Abba’s Anni-Frid Lyngstad: Don’t be too sure the band have ended


Abba singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad has said “don’t be too sure” that their comeback album Voyage is their last, in her first interview about the reunion.

The Swedish superstars released the LP, their first for 40 years, on Friday.

“I have learned to say never to say never,” she told BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball about the prospect of future projects.

Lyngstad said going back into the studio with bandmate Agnetha Fältskog felt like “coming back home again, having fun with my little sister”.

The album received mixed reviews from critics but is set to go to number one in the UK on Friday.

According to the Official Charts Company, it is on track to be the fastest-selling album of the year, having outsold the rest of the top 40 in its first two days of release.

Lyngstad said she’s not a fan of the modern Eurovision Song Contest, 47 years after Abba won

Lyngstad and Fältskog rarely give interviews, and their bandmates Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus have stated that one condition of the singers’ return is that they not be required to speak to the media.

However, Lyngstad, also known as Frida, appeared on Radio 2’s breakfast show on Thursday and stated that she was pleased with the response to the release – but was less concerned about what people thought than she was during the band’s heyday.

“Of course we’re pleased because we didn’t expect anything,” she explained. “When you release something new, it always seems like you’re a little nervous.

“However, if I compare it to how it was 40 years ago, there is a bit of a difference because I don’t take it as seriously as I did earlier on, when I was younger, because it meant so much.”

“However, as Benny stated in a previous interview, we don’t have to prove anything. So we just did it for the sake of having fun. That’s actually a good feeling. And then, when people like it, as they appear to, it’s wonderful.”

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The quartet has stayed in touch over the years, but she admitted she was nervous when they returned to the studio, initially to record new music for a forthcoming virtual stage show.

“Benny suggested that we add a couple of new songs to that show. “That’s how it began,” she explained.

“Of course, I went to Sweden into the studio with anticipation to meet with the others, because it’s always fun to work together with them.” So that’s how I felt – comfortable, a little tense, but we also decided that if it doesn’t go well, we don’t have to release it.”

She and Fältskog “have something special, not only in terms of voice, but also in terms of friendship,” she said.

“Once we closed the door behind us in the studio, we both felt at ease.”

Andersson recently told BBC News that he believes Voyage will be the quartet’s final album. “That’s all I’ve said,” he said last week. “I’m not interested in doing another Abba album.”

“However, I’m not alone in this. We are a group of four. If they twist my arm, I might reconsider.”

“I never say never,” Ulvaeus added, “but I agree with Benny.” “I believe that was our farewell.”

If Abba is to continue, Lyngstad and Fältskog will have to twist their arms.

Lyngstad, 75, hinted that it wasn’t out of the question in an interview on Thursday.

She told Zoe Ball that she was “very surprised” that Benny and Bjorn said Voyage was the end of Abba.

‘Not a fan of Eurovision’

She stated that she “cannot recall” having that conversation with them, but added, “Yeah, we probably said it must be the last thing we do because, also, considering our ages, we are not young any longer.” But, as I always say, you never know. So don’t be too certain.”

She also talked about the Eurovision Song Contest, which Abba won with Waterloo in 1974 and helped launch them to global success.

When asked if she still watches the competition, she replied: “I’m sorry to disappoint you, but I don’t. I’m not particularly interested because it has changed so drastically over the years.

“It’s not what it used to be. It’s more like a show now. It’s extremely technical. There are some good songs coming out of it, but I’m not a Eurovision fan. Perhaps I shouldn’t say it.”

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