Summer Moved On

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"Summer Moved On"
Single by A-ha
from the album Minor Earth Major Sky
A-side Summer Moved On
B-side Barely Hanging On
Released 22nd May 2000
Recorded 2000
Genre Alternative rock, new wave
Length 4:06
Label WEA Records
Writer(s) Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
Producer(s) Andreas "Boogieman" Herbig and Roland Spremberg
A-ha singles chronology
Shapes That Go Together
Summer Moved On
Minor Earth Major Sky

"Summer Moved On" is a song by A-ha which became their first single in more than six years. The album Minor Earth Major Sky was released in the UK on 22 May 2000, having been released in much of Europe on 27 March. The song was originally hastily written after A-ha agreed to a one-time reunion at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in 1998. There had been a lot of bad feelings between the band members, and each was hesitant to reunite.[citation needed] The thunderous success at the concert in performing only two songs inspired the band to reunite after a four year hiatus to record their sixth album for release in 2000. This song became a #1 radio hit in much of Europe, and the band has continued to record and perform together to significant international success, though that success has not extended to the U.S., where their recent work has gone unreleased. The song sold 2,500,000 copies worldwide.[citation needed]


The German made UK release features three tracks - the "radio version" of "Summer Moved On" (4:06), the Single Version of "Barely Hanging On" (3:54) plus a "Remix" (by C.L.A.S.S. Production) of "Summer Moved On" (6:02)

On 25 March 2011, a two-track CD single was released by Universal in Germany, including the live recordings of "Summer Moved On" and "Scoundrel Days".[1]

Record Breaker[edit]

Morten Harket holds the European record for the longest note held in a Top 40 pop song. During the song "Summer Moved On" Harket sustains an auto-tuned chest voice note for 20.2 seconds (8 measures).[2]


The video, directed by Adam Berg, was shot in Cadiz, Spain over the course of one very cold day in April 2000.

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