AceShowbiz - Pop icon Cher has put her own spin on a series of ABBA covers for a new album.
The Believe hitmaker recently told her Twitter fans she has been in the recording studio working on a follow-up to her last release, 2013's Closer to the Truth, and now she's revealed it will feature reinterpreted versions of classics from the Swedish pop legends.
Cher came up with the idea after shooting Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, in which she portrays the estranged mother of Meryl Streep's character.
The singer/actress was thrilled to join the star-studded cast of the film, the sequel to 2008's original movie musical, because she was a "huge fan" of the stage show the big screen franchise is based on, which incorporates ABBA's hits.
"I saw the musical on Broadway three times and was dancing in the aisle with everybody," she smiled on breakfast show Today.
"I believe what belongs to you, comes to you," The Witches of Eastwick star added, "and I would have never have thought this (role) belonged to me, but obviously it did".
In addition to showcasing her acting skills, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again also features Cher belting out a cover of ABBA classic Fernando with co-star Andy Garcia, and it was that performance which inspired her to pursue a full-length album.
"After I did Fernando, I thought it would really be fun to do an album of ABBA songs, so I did!" she shared.
However, she warns die-hard ABBA fans to listen with open minds: "It's not what you think of when you think of ABBA 'cause I did it in a different way," Cher explained.
Cher has yet to share the name of her ABBA-inspired album, but when she teased the new music online in late June, she suggested it would be out in September.
She subsequently admitted she was a little nervous about releasing the material because it all sounds "so different".
"Was sitting here listening &Working on songs & They're SO Different From Originals, It's a little Scary. My voice is So Different. There Are Some I Think Are really good....But SO different (sic)," the 72-year-old divulged.