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ABBA celebrates 2.5m sales of Voyage album

The beloved musical quartet ABBA celebrated the anniversary of the premiere of their tenth studio collection Voyage with 2.5 million copies sold worldwide.

After a hiatus of nearly 40 years, the band were presented with a plaque to mark the great achievement, which Benny accepted on behalf of ABBA. Since its release, “Voyage” has reached number one in 18 countries, including the UK, Sweden, France, Germany and Australia. In 2021, the Swedish sensation was nominated for a Grammy Award for Record of the Year (“I Still Have Faith In You”) and a BRIT statuette in the “Best International Group” category.

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Like all of ABBA’s previous musical works, Voyage was written and produced by Benny Andersson Bj√∂rn Ulvaeus, with the arrangements complemented by the timeless vocals of Agnetha and Anni-Fried. For four years they worked in Benny’s studio – Riksmixningsverket, Stockholm, where they finished the ten songs on the new album. ‘Voyage’ features ‘I Still Have Faith In You’ and ‘Don’t Shut Me Down’ – the first two tracks recorded during the Stockholm sessions and performed at the ‘ABBA Voyage’ concert which opened at the ‘ABBA Arena’ in May 2022 in London, along with a setlist of their greatest hits.

With nearly 400 million albums sold, numerous number 1 songs and over 16 million weekly streams on digital platforms, ABBA is one of the most successful musical groups of all time. Ever since their breakthrough with “Waterloo” in 1974, ABBA’s work has captured the hearts of listeners around the world. Today, the songs they created manage to cross the boundaries of time.

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Originally released in 1992, the ABBA Gold Collection recently became the first record in history to spend a thousand weeks in the UK Albums Chart. #ABBA hashtagged content on TikTok recently surpassed four billion views as various songs from the band’s vast repertoire trended on the platform. ABBA was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010, and one of their most beloved songs, “Dancing Queen,” was inducted into the 2015 GRAMMY Hall of Fame.

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