Manager Harald Wiik is interviewed in today’s VG, and reveals that members of Pet Shop Boys and Swedish band Kent have written songs for Morten’s new album.
Here are some quotes:
“This has been an open process where Morten obviously has written a number of songs himself, but we have also been in contact with various other songwriters.
When there’s an opportunity to work with Pet Shop Boys and Kent, of course we’ll say yes. Both bands have extremely good songwriters and have been at the top of Morten’s wish list.
We are well underway with the new album. Our goal is to be finished by Christmas, which would mean that the album is released in March next year.
There will also be a solo tour that starts in April. But this all depends on whether we get finished in time or not.”
Pet Shop Boys vocalist Neil Tennant has in previous interviews talked about a-ha being one of his favorite bands and about Morten having a fantastic voice.
Kent vocalist Joakim Berg has also praised a-ha and their songwriting skills, most recently in an interview with ABC Nyheter last year. You may also remember that his brother Adam Berg directed the music video for “Summer Moved On” in 2000.
Update: Wiik provides some further comments to Dagbladet about the album and tour.
Regarding the songwriting collaborations, Pet Shop Boys have written one song for the album, while Joakim Berg and Martin Sköld from Kent have written two songs together with Morten.
Work on the new album started in April this year. It’s being produced by Steve Osborne, and will be released by Starwatch/Universal.
Wiik also shares some more details about the tour:
“Morten will be touring all over Europe, starting in mid-April, and there’s likely to be a tour in South America in February/March. Plans for the fall of 2012 aren’t ready yet, but we assume the tour will include Japan and Oceania in that period.”