Months after TikTok users created the #DancingQueenChallenge, Swedish pop legends ABBA have officially joined the video platform. The beloved band fronted by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad have now officially offered up their platinum-flecked catalog to the TikTok community after becoming the most search-for group without a dedicated profile.
According to a release from the service, ABBA’s music was the most requested from an act without an official TikTok presence, a situation that was remedied on Sunday with the upload of a piano version of “Dancing Queen.” With just a set of hands playing the song’s instantly recognizable refrain on the keyboard, at press time it was unclear who was performing the song in the clip.
As if that wasn’t exciting enough for the fans of the mega-selling group that has been on hiatus for 39 years, a second video uploaded on Monday morning (August 30) teased the September 2 launch of a new experience dubbed the “ABBAVoyage.”
“Thank you for waiting, the journey is about to begin. Agnetha, Björn, Benny, Anni-Frid,” read the caption to the brief visual with a dawn-rising graphic in the back. ABBA’s music is now officially available on the TikTok Sounds page. “We are so excited to welcome Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid to TikTok, bringing their phenomenal music to fans both new and old around the world,” said TikTok head of music operations Paul Houricanin a statement.
” With one of the most recognisable music catalogues ever created, their unique craft of songwriting truly transcends generations and has inspired music lovers for decades. Our community have already shown us with their own creations that this is the music they’ve been waiting for and we’re excited to see how ABBA can inspire a new generation of fans, sparking yet another wave of music creativity with the hits that have defined pop for so long.”
This summer’s #DancingQueenChallenge resulted in more than 160 million video views in a viral fever that had ABBA superfans trying to outdo each other by singing one of the group’s most cherished hits in a single breath. At press time no additional details about the “Voyage” project were available. During their epic 1970s and early 1980s run, the quartet sold more than half a billion albums and they have steadfastly turned down requests to reunite since a hiatus that began in 1982.
In 2018, however, Ulvaeus announced that they’d recorded two new songs, “I Still Have Faith in You” and another untitled track comprising their first new tracks in over 35 years in advance of a digital avatar tour that was subsequently delayed by the global pandemic.