Abba have made an explosive return to the charts after being away for 40 years (Picture: Reuters)
The Swedish pop icons have smashed records by selling a jaw-dropping 181,712 copies of the album in just six days, according to The Daily Mail.
And they’re even outselling chart heavyweight Ed Sheeran’s new album = (Equals).
Ed looked set to hold the title of the fastest-selling album of 2021, as his newest offering sold 139,000 copies in seven days, but the Dancing Queen chart-toppers have utterly eclipsed those numbers, proving they’re as popular as ever with the UK public.
Last week, Abba had already clinched the title of fastest-selling physical release and biggest first-week pure sales (physical and digital) of 2021, with the crown of fastest-selling album of the year simply the cherry on top of a glittering 50-year career.
Abba’s return shocked and delighted music fans around the world, and last week the Official Charts Company indicated that the band looked set to achieve their 10th UK number one album.
Not only have Abba achieved this incredible milestone, but Voyage is currently outselling every other album on the UK Top 40 combined – an incredible feat even for a band as world-renowned as they are.
Ed Sheeran has lost out on the title of fastest-selling record of the year (Picture: Getty Images)
Voyage is the band’s first album of original music in 40 years, with Abba’s Gold album, last released in 2008 to coincide with the release of the Mamma Mia film, made up of the band’s greatest hits.
This means fans have been waiting for decades to see their favourite band make a return, but despite all the excitement, reviews of the album have been mixed.
Abba’s new album comes ahead of the band’s London residency for an utterly unique new show (Picture: PA)
Voyage comes ahead of Abba’s ground-breaking London residency at a purpose-built venue called the Abba Arena.
Instead of Agnetha Fältskog, 71, Björn Ulvaeus, 76, Benny Andersson, 74, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 75, performing in person, the stars have been turned into digital avatars, who will perform alongside a live 10-piece band.
Abba Voyage kicks off in May 2022, with tickets being sold up until December.