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Morten on TV Total Turmspringen

Olympiahalle, Munich, November 24th

Morten was in Munich last night, where he did a playback performance of “I’m The One” on Pro 7’s TV Total Turmspringen. This is the same celebrity diving show that a-ha appeared on three years ago.

The performance can be seen at

In an interview with before the show, Morten says that he’d rather just focus on the next album:

“I’m in a strange situation. I just released a new single, but my heart and thoughts are with my next album, which I’m currently recording. When you release something, you have an obligation to stay in the consciousness of the audience and the media. Which contradicts my obligation towards my own honesty and creativity. Something tells me that I shouldn’t be doing any promo. At the moment, my heart is not in it. Out Of My Hands is like an old wife. I don’t want to meet her, because I’m in love with what’s happening now. This is my dilemma.”

He is also asked if he’ll try to distance himself a bit more from the synth-heavy a-ha sound on the next album:

“No. Because in the minds of the audience, I’m so strongly connected with the band’s history.”

“I’m The One” is now available in Germany as a download-only 2-track single, which includes an alternative version of the song. It’s also available as a 2-track single + music video.

Morten on Die Ultimative Chart Show

Morten on Die Ultimative Chart Show

Morten’s playback performance of “Burn Money Burn” on the German TV-show Die Ultimative Chart Show (originally taped in Cologne back on July 2nd), finally aired on RTL on Friday night.

The performance and a short conversation with host Oliver Geissen and some other guests has been posted on YouTube.

Morten will be back in Germany later this month, to promote the new single “I’m The One”. This will include a performance on TV Total Turmspringen (Pro7) on November 24th.

a-ha receive Royal Order of St. Olav

Magne, Morten and Paul with their medals

The three members of a-ha were today appointed Knights First Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav for their “outstanding musical contribution”.

The invite-only ceremony was held at Gamle Logen in Oslo, and was attended by family, friends and fans.

The ceremony, which was broadcast live online, included music by a string quartet and speeches by Viggo Bondi (bassist in Bridges), Terry Slater (a-ha manager 1983-1994), Trond Giske (Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry) and Anders Flågen (representing the Royal Palace) who presented a-ha with their medals.

After receiving the medals, Morten spoke on behalf of the band. Here is a translation of his speech:

Morten speaking

“If only I could have said as my aunt Magny, when the Mayor of Kristiansand told her that uncle Bernt would be awarded the King’s Medal of Merit.

“What was that?” I heard her say, as people around her started clapping.

“Bernt is to be awarded The King’s Medal of Merit”, someone repeated to her.

“Is that so? Then it can’t be very prestigious.”

[Audience laughing]

When Paul, Magne and myself set a course for England, we had great plans. But we didn’t imagine that 30 years later, we would be here at Gamle Logen to be appointed Knights. We had to leave Norway to become a-ha. Norway is a leader on natural resources, but not on refining them. That’s true within most fields, including our own. Talents have to be refined and managed. No one can succeed on their own. You need to have the right people around you. If you don’t find them here [in Norway], you have to leave in time. And here comes my little case in point:

We have great resources in Norway, not least of the human kind. But we have to focus more on the unknown, if we want to be part of discovering the future. If not, it will just be presented to us. In Norway we have an immature view on failure. It brings with it a sense of shame. We don’t like to take risks. Risk-taking is seen as irresponsible. We need a more realistic view of what it actually takes to succeed.

If there’s one reason to honour us here today, it has to be this: We have stayed true to what we believed in. Together and on our own. Congratulations guys!”
If you missed the live broadcast, it can be seen again at

Related articles and video clips:
Heder for å gjøre det umulige mulig (Aftenposten)
Ridderlige a-ha (VG)
Kongens orden til kongene av pop (NRK)
Nå er de riddere av 1. klasse (Dagbladet)
A-ha fikk St. Olavs Orden (Adressa)
– Jeg er mer forlegen enn stolt (VG)
Morten Harket: Jeg føler meg stolt, men kanskje mest forlegen (Aftenposten)
A-ha hedret med St.Olavs Orden (TV2)
– Det bringer skam med seg å feile (Se og Hør)
A-ha hedret av Kongen (Budstikka)

“I’m The One” music video

Although it’s not supposed to premiere until October 26th, the music video for Morten’s new single “I’m The One” is already available on Vimeo, posted by one of the directors.

Update Oct 26th: the video was later removed, but has now officially premiered on the website of Universal Germany. You’ll notice this final version is entirely in black/white, while the version on Vimeo was in color.

Shot in Berlin earlier this month, the video was directed by Frank Hoffmann & Christopher Häring and produced by Mutter & Vater, the same production company behind the “Scared Of Heights” video.

The release of the single (digital only), which features a new single mix, has been pushed back to November 23rd. Promotion in Germany will include an appearance on TV Total Turmspringen (Pro7) on November 24th.

Santiago concert, September 30th

Santiago, Chile, September 30th

Morten ended his South American solo tour on Sunday night, with a concert at the Caupolican theatre in Santiago, Chile.

Video clips: YouTube   Photo gallery:

Morten is now going to do some sessions with Swedish producer Peter Kvint in October and November, possibly aiming for a new solo album in the fall of 2013.

“I’m seeing Peter when I’m done with the tour now. I’m going back home and we have a session set up to write more music. I’m curious, because it’s been very interesting to work with him”, Morten said last Friday, at a meet & greet with Argentinian fans backstage in Buenos Aires. There’s a 10-minute video from it here.

Buenos Aires concert, September 28th

Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 28th

Morten and his band played at the Gran Rex theatre in Buenos Aires yesterday, for an enthusiastic crowd. At the end of the show, he put on an Argentinian football shirt, to much applause from the audience. “Somebody gave me this. It certainly looks better on a footballer, but there you are”, Morten said.

YouTube videos posted so far:
Arriving at the airport   Lightning   Stay On These Roads   We’re Looking For The Whales   Out Of Blue Comes Green   Crying In The Rain   Foot Of The Mountain   Applause at the end

Photo galleries:
Flickr set by Synth 101   Backstage “meet & greet”

Update: Check out this multi-camera edit of the complete Buenos Aires gig, filmed from the front row in excellent HD quality: YouTube playlist

Sao Paulo concert, September 26th

Sao Paulo, September 26th 
(Picture from UOL)

Morten played the last of his Brazilian solo concerts in front of 3500 people at the Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo yesterday. No changes in the setlist.

Photo galleries:
UOL   Caras Online   Musicao   CGN

Video clips:
With fans outside hotel   Concert videos

While in Brazil, Morten also found time to answer a few questions sent in by Brazilian fans, which can be seen in this YouTube video.

The tour ends with concerts in Buenos Aires tomorrow and Santiago on Sunday.

Belo Horizonte concert, September 23rd

Belo Horizonte, September 23rd 
(Picture by T4F)

Morten continued his South American tour at the Chevrolet Hall in Belo Horizonte on Sunday night.

The setlist was reportedly the same 18 songs as in Rio the day before.

Photo galleries: 
Sou BH 
T4F on Flickr


The tour continues in Sao Paulo tomorrow.

Rio concert, September 22nd

Citibank Hall, Rio de Janeiro, September 22nd 
(Picture from UOL)

Morten opened his mini-tour of South America at the Citibank Hall in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last night.

According to Brazilian fansite a-ha the best, this was the setlist:

Picture from Jornal do Brasil

1. Burn Money Burn
2. I’m The One
3. Keep The Sun Away
4. Crying In The Rain
5. Out Of Blue Comes Green
6. Move To Memphis
7. Forever Not Yours
8. When I Reached The Moon
9. Los Angeles
10. Spanish Steps
11. A Kind Of Christmas Card
12. We’re Looking For The Whales
13. Movies
14. Wild Seed
15. Lightning
16. Stay On These Roads
17. Foot Of The Mountain
18. Lay Me Down Tonight

Compared to the Oslo concerts last weekend, “Send Me An Angel” was dropped and “Forever Not Yours” was back in the set.

YouTube videos from Rio have been posted here, here and here.

Pictures from the concert can be found at QUEM, Terra, Flickr, UOL and Jornal do Brasil. There is also a video interview on YouTube.

In an interview with Dagbladet today, Morten says he’s not sure how he’ll be received as a solo artist in Brazil:

Ipanema, Rio 
(Picture from Dagbladet)

“I’m not sure. This is a kind of test project. If it works out, we’ll need to try and build up a platform here, invest more time and work more seriously than we did with a-ha. We came, shot from the hip, and left. I can see a great potential here, because Brazilians are interested in the music I stand for.”

Morten, who says that he would be interested in taking part in “Rock in Rio” in September 2013, doesn’t hide the fact that touring can be a lonely lifestyle:

“But it’s easier and less lonely to tour on my own and with my own band than it was with a-ha. I have more contact with my band now than when I toured with Magne and Paul. I also feel more free. I can speak out on issues that I care about. I couldn’t do that when I was part of a-ha”, Morten claims in the interview.

New album from Morten next year?

During the Q & A session at Sentrum Scene on Saturday, manager Harald Wiik was asked when we might expect Morten to release another solo album:

“Basically, what we’re doing is to finish this tour now, with the South American dates. And when we’re back, basically sit down and talk about it. I know Morten wants to do an album in 2013. He has also started writing, among others with Peter Kvint – who worked on the Out Of My Hands album. So they’re gonna do a session in October, and then we’re going to Stockholm in November to do some more work with him. And then we’ll take it from there. It’s hard to say really, but possibly in September/October next year”, Wiik told the audience.

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