ABBA hits the UK charts with comeback album Voyage, becoming the fastest selling album of 2021

The official UK chart company said it was the fastest-selling album of the year to record, with 204,000 chart sales in its first week.

Only three other music acts have crossed the 200,000 sales mark in the past decade: 25 with Adele, Divide with Ed Sheeran and One Direction’s Midnight Memories.

“We are very pleased that our fans are enjoying our new album as much as we enjoyed making it!” ABBA said in a statement. “We’re over the moon to have an album at the top of the charts again!”

Voyage, which received mixed reviews from critics, is the band’s first album since 1981’s The Visitors. This is the 10th number of ABBA. 1 album in the UK.

The Official Chart Company said, “It also marks ABBA’s overall 58th week as the UK No. 1 on the Official Albums Chart – the only two other acts in history to have spent more weeks at the top, the Beatles and Elvis.”

It stated that 90% of Voyage’s total was composed of physical copies, including 29,900 on vinyl, making it “the fastest-selling vinyl release of the century”.

In the summer, ABBA’s greatest hits compilation album “Gold” surpassed its 1,000th week on the UK Albums Chart.

Formed in 1972, ABBA has won fans around the world with hits like “Waterloo” and “Dancing Queen” and sold an estimated 385 million records.

They parted ways in the early 1980s, sparking years of rumors that they would reunite on stage.

In an interview with Reuters last week, member Björn Ulvaeus said that Voyage could be the last new venture by one of the best-selling bands of all time.

However fellow member Anne-Frid Lingstad left the door open in an interview with BBC Radio 2 on Thursday, saying: “I’ve learned to say never to say never… you never know. So don’t be too confident.” be.”

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