The battle for Xmas Number One will kick off today – with Abba releasing their first ever Christmas single in a race with Adele, Ed Sheeran and Elton John for the top spot.
The Swedish group are releasing Little Things, taken from Voyage, which was the band’s 10th UK No.1 album.
The song is described as a “gentle reflection on the joy of Christmas morning and family time around this special time of year.”
All money from the song is to go to Unicef to help support the Global Child Protection Fund.
Agnetha, Björn, Benny & Anni-Frid said in a joint statement: “We think it is impossible to eradicate poverty without the empowerment of women.
“That’s why we support Unicef in protecting girls from sexual violence and empowering them through the Global Child Protection Fund.
“We have done so for many years with our song Chiquitita and now we have decided to give Unicef a Christmas gift in the form of a second song: Little Things from our album Voyage!”.
The band face stiff competition from Elton and Ed who are many bookmakers’ favourites for the Christmas No1, with their duet, simply titled Merry Christmas.
A number of tracks from Adele’s new album 30 could easily also top the charts, including single Easy On Me and the album tracks Oh My God and I Drink Wine.
But if ABBA don’t claim top-spot they can still reflect on a highly successful year.
Voyage was released last month and went straight to the No. 1 spot in 18 countries including the UK, Germany, Australia and Sweden and reached No. 2 on the US Billboard chart.
In its first week, Voyage achieved worldwide sales in excess of 1 million copies, and has received more than 190 million combined streams to date.
Speaking on the success of Voyage, the band added: “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.”
Next year will see the opening of ABBA Voyage, the revolutionary concert that will see the foursome as digital avatars at their very own purpose-built ‘ABBA Arena’ at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.
Tickets on sale now at abbavoyage.com.