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August 09, 2018 01:25 PM
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Cher wants a man: a man after midnight!

The 72-year-old music icon had ABBA fans everywhere screaming with excitement last month when she announced that she would be recording an album of the legendary Swedish pop group’s songs.

And now the first track off that upcoming album is here — a cover of ABBA’s 1979 tune, “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight).”

With its catching melody (sampled, more recently, in Madonna’s 2005 song “Hung Up”) and Cher’s signature vocals, the song is a perfect blend of both artists’ sound.

Fans can expect even more this September when the full album drops.

Aptly titled Dancing Queen, the LP will feature 10 of ABBA’s biggest hits — one of which Cher is still keeping mum for now.

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Late last month, Cher released the tracklist on Twitter.

    1. Waterloo
    2. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
    3. Dancing Queen
    4. Chiquitita
    5. The Name of the Game
    6. Mamma Mia
    7. One of Us
    8. The Winner Takes It All
    9. SOS

Two other Abba covers, “Fernando” and “Super Trooper,” were sung by Cher on the soundtrack for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

Starring that film, in theaters now, motivated Cher to record the new album.

“After I did ‘Fernando,’ I thought: It would really be fun to do an album of ABBA songs, so I did,” Cher said in an interview with Today‘s Kathie Lee Gifford. “It’s not what you think of when you think of ABBA because I did it in a different way.”

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The Oscar-winning actress also opened up about how she got involved with the sequel.

“I was a huge fan. I saw the musical on Broadway three times and was dancing in the aisles with everybody. And Ron Meyer — who was my agent, who’s the head of Universal — he called me up and said, ‘You’re doing Mamma Mia!‘ and hung up,” she said.

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The music legend enjoyed her time working on the film, which also stars Lily JamesAmanda SeyfriedChristine BaranskiPierce BrosnanColin FirthAndy Garcia, and Meryl Streep — Cher’s former Silkwood costar.

“This was one of the most extraordinary adventures of my life. Everyone was so gracious and they just loved me. Meryl was hiding when I was doing ‘Fernando,’” Cher revealed. “I never thought I would do many movies. I believe what belongs to you comes to you and I would have never thought this belonged to me, but obviously it did.”

Dancing Queen is currently slated for release on Sept. 28. Preorders are available now. .

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