ABBA Eyeing Return to U.K. Top 10

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ABBA is back, and they’re targeting a return to the U.K. Top 10 for the first time in almost 40 years.

The legendary Swedish group last week made their long-awaited comeback with the release of “I Still Have Faith In You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down.”

Based on sales and streaming data from the first half of the cycle, those releases are poised to enter the singles chart at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively.

Both songs have been streamed over 500,000 times this weekend, the OCC reports, and “Don’t Shut Me Down” is the most downloaded song so far this week.

The tracks, should they hold their momentum, will mark ABBA’s first U.K. Top 10 singles since “One Of Us”, which peaked at No. 3 in December 1981.

The two new singles are taken from Voyage, ABBA’s first new studio album in 39 years, due out Nov. 5. The foursome will support the LP with a 2022 concert event, featuring avatars of Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid, accompanied by a 10-piece live band, in a custom-built arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, East London.

Tickets go on sales Tuesday (Sept. 7).

Currently, ABBA has nine U.K. No. 1 singles and 19 Top 10s. They’ve also landed nine No. 1 albums in the territory.

Meanwhile, Drake is powering to a seventh U.K. No. 1 single with “Girls Want Girls” featuring Lil Baby. The Canadian hip-hop star locks up the Top 3 tracks on the First Look chart, which ranks releases based on the weekend’s sales and streaming activity.

As it stands, Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” could lose its crown after a 10-week run at the top. It’s at No.  4 on the chart blast.

The Official U.K. Singles Chart is published late Friday, local time.

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