Abba duo to release first new material in 15 years

Abba's songwriting duo Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus have announced details of their first musical collaboration for over 15 years. The pair have worked on two songs one of which will be released by the Benny Andersson Band while the second track will be a Swedish single.

Entitled the Second Best to None, Björn and Benny's new song will be sung by employees at Andersson's Hotel Rival in Stockholm. Before everyone thinks that one half of Abba have lost their marbles they were quick to point out that the amateur singers are members of a local choir.

Benny told the Guardian: "I realized that at least 20 [employees] were singing in amateur choirs in Stockholm. I asked them, 'Do you want me to write a song for you and we can put it on our homepage?' They said yes, so I asked Björn if he would like to write the lyrics, and we recorded it with the staff."

The former Abba legend continued: "We released it as a single as well. It's just a lot of fun and it's taking care of the staff at the hotel more than anything else. They can sing!"

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