ABBA's Voyage makes history with UK chart launch success22 November 2021 - Press release
ABBA's first album release in forty years tops album charts in 17 countries
Voyage sold 1 million copies globally in its first week
ABBA Gold certified 20x Platinum
ABBA, one of the most successful pop groups of all time continued to make music history this week, as Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid entered the top of the global charts with the release of Voyage, their first studio album in nearly 40 years, debuting at Number 1 on album charts in 17 countries and breaking multiple sales and chart records worldwide. The album has achieved worldwide sales in excess of 1 million copies in its first week, and has received more than 190 million combined streams to date.
Speaking on the early success of Voyage, the band said:"We are so happy that our fans seem to have enjoyed our new album as much as we enjoyed making it! We are absolutely over the moon to have an album at the top of the charts again".
In theUK, Voyage became ABBA's 10th UK Number 1, and their first to top the Official Albums Chart in 40 years. It is 2021's fastest-selling album to date and registered the biggest first week sales in four years (203,909). It is also the fastest-selling vinyl release of the century and it's also the biggest international debut of the year.
ABBA's greatest hits album 'GOLD' continues to live up to its title, reaching a landmark BRIT Certified 20x Platinum in the UK this week, as announced by BPI, the UK record labels association that administers the iconic Platinum, Gold and Silver Awards Programme. Surpassing six million sales, earlier this year 'GOLD' reached 1000 weeks on the Official Albums Chart Top 100. ABBA's 'GOLD' was released in September 1992, debuting at Number 1, and has gone on to be the UK's second best-selling album of all time (behind Queen's Greatest Hits).
About the certification BPI's Rob Crutchley, who oversees The BRIT Certified Awards, said: "'Gold' going 20x Platinum is an extraordinary achievement and shows – along with the great success of 'Voyage' – just how well-loved Abba are and how their enduring appeal truly spans generations."
Earlier this week ABBA announced details of their first ever Christmas single 'Little Things', which will be released on CD through Universal Music Group on Friday 3rd December.Taken from Voyage, 'Little Things' is a gentle reflection on the joy of Christmas morning and family time around this special time of year.
Next year will see the opening of ABBA Voyage, the revolutionary concert that will see Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid as digital avatars at their very own purpose-built 'ABBA Arena' at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, performing a set-list of ABBA's greatest hits along with two songs from Voyage, 'I Still Have Faith In You' and 'Don't Shut Me Down', alongside a ten-piece live band. The ABBA Voyage concert opens 27th May 2022 at the ABBA arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. Tickets for ABBA Voyage are on sale now from abbavoyage.com