ABBA make history as they top charts in 17 countries with new album Voyage and sell more than one million copies globally after 40-year absence
ABBA’s new album Voyage has made history with its UK chart success.
The Waterloo hitmakers released their first album in 40 years earlier this month, and it soared to the top of the Official Albums Chart during its first week of release.
The album marked ABBA’s 10th number one album in the UK, and it became 2021’s fastest-selling album so far as it registered the biggest first week sales in four years.
Legends: ABBA have soared to the top of the Official Albums Chart after releasing their first album in 40 years, Voyage
But new data has also unveiled the album managed to top the album charts in 17 different countries, as it 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.’
Hitmakers: The album marked ABBA’s 10th number one album in the UK, and it became 2021’s fastest-selling album so far as it registered the biggest first week sales in four years
The news comes as the Mamma Mia singers also achieved new heights with their greatest hits album, GOLD, which reached a landmark BRIT Certified 20x Platinum in the UK this week.
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, falling only behind Queen’s greatest hits album.
About the certification BPI’s Rob Crutchley, who oversees The BRIT Certified Awards, said: ‘Gold going 20x Platinum is an extraordinary achievement.
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‘It 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 December 3.
The single appears on Voyage, and is a gentle reflection on the joy of Christmas morning and family time around this special time of year.
Making music: ABBA’s new single appears on Voyage, and is a gentle reflection on the joy of Christmas morning and family time around this special time of year