In a surprising move, a-ha and Universal Music decided to release the first single from the new album to radio stations in Norway today.
“They are currently in the studio, and the single was finished last night“, a-ha manager Harald Wiik tells Dagbladet. “We have to turn around quickly, that’s how it’s become in this business“.
“We took a decision very quickly, and saw no reason to wait“, he adds to Bergens Tidende.
“Foot Of The Mountain” was written by Magne and Paul, and is basically Magne’s solo song “The Longest Night” from 2008 with a new chorus.
It’s been produced by Roland Spremberg, who co-produced Minor Earth | Major Sky back in 2000. The mixing was done by Steve Osborne at Real World Studios and it was mastered at Metropolis in London.
“The single will be available to buy on either 4 May or 11 May, I think. And the new album is set to be released on 22 June“, Wiik says.
a-ha will continue to work on the new album, using studios in Oslo, Stockholm og New York.
In other news, a-ha will appear on a few German TV-shows next month – presumably performing the new single:
22 May: “The Dome”, RTL2 (taped in Munich)
30 May: “Germany’s next Topmodel” – final, Pro7 (taped in Cologne)