August 14, 2022

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Anni-Frid Lyngstad of Abba: Don’t be too convinced the band is over

In her first interview regarding the reunion, Abba singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad remarked, “don’t be too convinced” that their comeback album, Voyage, is their final one.

On Friday, the Swedish superstars released their first album in 40 years. Going back into the studio with bandmate Agnetha Fältskog was like “coming home again, having fun with my little sister,” according to Lyngstad.

Critics have given the album mixed reviews, but it is expected to debut at number one in the United Kingdom on Friday. According to the Official Charts Company, it is on track to be the year’s fastest-selling album, having outsold the rest of the top 40 in its first two days of release.

Lyngstad and Fältskog rarely give interviews, and bandmates Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus have stated that one condition of the reunion was that the singers not be required to speak to the press.

On Thursday, Lyngstad, also known as Frida, said she was delighted with the response to the album, but was less concerned about what people thought than she was during the band’s heyday.

“Of course, we’re happy because we didn’t expect anything. When you reveal anything fresh, it always seems like you’re a little nervous.” She explained.

The trio has remained in touch over the years, but she admitted to being nervous when they returned to the studio to record new music for a virtual stage presentation.

She also talked about Abba’s win at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, which catapulted them to global fame.

“I’m sorry to say no, I don’t,” she said when asked if she still follows the competition. Because it has evolved so much throughout the years, I am not very interested.

“It’s not the same as it was back then.” It’s more like a spectacle now. It’s a really technical subject. There are a few good songs coming out of it, but I’m not a Eurovision enthusiast. I’m not sure if I should say it.”