The days of “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo,” “Mamma Mia” and countless other ABBA hits may be over, but fans will be thrilled to hear that Swedish singer Agnetha Fältskog is back in action with a new album called A. It drops on May 13th, and it’s the first solo record she’s worked on since 2004.
The album is produced by Jorgen Elofsson and Peter Nordahl, but it took the duo some work to convince Fältskog to return to the recording booth.
“The project came about through a good friend of mine,” she explains on SneakAttackMedia.com. “She called me up and told me that Jörgen Elofsson and Peter Nordahl wanted to play me some music. They came to my house and played me three songs and I thought, ‘Oh my God, I have to do this’. It felt like a challenge.” While she doesn’t mention it, it probably didn’t hurt that Jörgen is famous for working with other chart-topping artists such as Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson. Instead, Fältskog mentions bringing her family into the decision-making process.
“I did say to my daughter, ‘Do you think I should do this?’, and she said, ‘Well, you have to think about this a lot before agreeing. You know it could all start again.’ The really nice part of it was the recording sessions, but you have to remember that other things happen as a result of that.”
ABBA’s records still sell in the millions every year, and as she says, “You never get away from it. And it starts up, over and over again. There’s a new generation, and then another, there’s a musical, a movie – and it goes on forever. It never stops. But I’m very, very proud of what we achieved. We took it incredibly seriously, throughout that period, and the quality of what we made endures.”
The official video above is for “When You Really Loved Someone,” and it’s a searing, lovely ballad. But, not to forget her disco roots, other songs on the album are being remixed. Just last night Perez Hilton offered readers the exclusive first listen to Fältskog’s new track, “Dance Your Pain Away.”
And, yes, they’re both pretty amazing!
Listen to the dance track here, then visit the links below for more info.