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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 October, 2003, 18:04 GMT
Abba star to make comeback
Agnetha Faeltskog
Former Abba star Agnetha Faeltskog to release her first album in 16 years
Former Abba star Agnetha Faeltskog is to record her first solo album after a break of 16 years.

The singer, now aged 53, is expected to release the brand new material in March of next year.

Faeltskog, who was a founding member of the 1970s chart-topping pop group, last released a solo album in 1987.

The musician, who was married to Abba co-star Bjorn Ulvaeus, has lived hidden away on a Swedish island retreat since I Stand Alone came out.

Faeltskog's progress on the new album began three years ago, but work came to a halt when sound engineer Michael Tretow suffered a stroke.

"It's far from ready, but we're counting on releasing it in March," said Staffan Linde, head of the singer's production company.

'Fun' project

He declined to give further details about the new album and said Faeltskog would not comment until its completion - but he said the singer was finding the project "fun".

Distribution for the album is likely to be handled by Warner, but a deal has yet to be finalised, added Linde.

Faeltskog's last single I Wasn't The Only One was released in 1988 and made number 19 in the US charts.

Along with Bjorn, Benny and Anna-Frid of Abba, the singer scored nine chart-toppers in the UK between 1974 and 1982.

The band sprang to fame by winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, and went on to enjoy worldwide success.

The band have gone on to sell a total of 350m records - which includes sales after they split in the early 1980s.

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