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Mama Mia! Cher Does Abba

New album drops next month


Cher didn't need to turn back time to find a way to record an entire album of Abba songs, "Dancing Queen," available September 28.

The 72-year-old icon announced the news last night on Twitter with a 40-second clip of the first single, "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!"

Cher says the 10-track homage to the Swedish quartet was inspired by her appearance in this summer's hit movie musical "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again."

"I've always liked Abba and saw the original 'Mamma Mia' musical on Broadway three times," Cher said in a statement. "After filming 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' I was reminded again of what great and timeless songs they wrote and started thinking, 'Why not do an album of their music?'"

"The songs were harder to sing than I imagined," she added, "but I'm so happy with how the music came out. I'm really excited for people to hear it."

"Dancing Queen" features Cher's take on some of Abba's greatest hits from the 1970s, including "Waterloo," "Fernando" and "The Winner Takes It All."

It is her 26th studio album and the first since 2013's "Closer to the Truth," which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart.

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