A-ha

A-ha

 

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A-ha (usually stylized as a-ha; Norwegian pronunciation: [ɑˈhɑː]) is a Norwegian band formed in Oslo in 1982. The band was founded by Morten Harket (vocals, guitars), Magne Furuholmen (keyboards) and Pål Waaktaar-Savoy (guitars). The band rose to fame during the mid-1980s after being discovered by musician and producer John Ratcliff, and continued global success in the 1990s and 2000s.

A-ha achieved their biggest success with their debut album, Hunting High and Low, in 1985. That album peaked at number one in their native Norway, number 2 in the UK, and number 15 on the US Billboard album chart; yielded two international number-one singles, "Take On Me" and "The Sun Always Shines on TV"; and earned the band a Grammy Award nomination as Best New Artist. In the UK, Hunting High and Low continued its chart success into the following year, becoming one of the best-selling albums of 1986.[1][2] In 1994, after their fifth studio album, Memorial Beach, failed to achieve the commercial success of their previous albums, the band went on a hiatus.[3]

Following a performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 1998, the band returned to the studio and recorded their sixth album, 2000's Minor Earth Major Sky, which was another number-one hit in Norway and resulted in a new tour. A seventh studio album, Lifelines, was released in 2002, and an eighth album, Analogue, in 2005, was certified Silver in the UK – their most successful album there since 1990's East of the Sun, West of the Moon.[4] Their ninth album, Foot of the Mountain, was first released on 19 June 2009 and returned the band to the UK top 5 for the first time since 1988, being certified Silver there and Platinum in Germany.[5] The album peaked at number 2 in Norway (their first release not to reach number one in their home territory).

On 15 October 2009, the band announced they would split after a worldwide tour in 2010, the Ending on a High Note Tour.[3][6] Thousands of fans from at least 40 different countries on six continents congregated to see A-ha for the last leg of the tour.[7][8] On 4 December 2014, A-ha officially announced its participation at Rock In Rio 2015 which celebrated 30 years for both the band and the event.[9] In 2015, it was announced that A-ha would re-unite for two years. Their tenth studio album, Cast in Steel, was released on 4 September 2015. A tour, named for the album, in support of the album happened in autumn 2015 and March–May 2016.[10]

The band has released ten studio albums, several compilations and four live albums.[11] In less than a year, during 2010, the band earned an estimated 500 million Norwegian Kroner from concert tickets, merchandise and the release of a greatest hits album, making them one of the 40–50 largest grossing bands in the world.[12] The band were listed in the Guinness World Records book for having the biggest rock concert attendance; they drew an audience of 198,000 at Maracanã Stadium during Rock in Rio festival. Another record for the band is for singer Morten Harket, who was (and is still) listed in the Guinness World Records book in 2001 for the longest live note held; he held a note in "Summer Moved On" for 20.2 seconds. According to their label, Rhino, they have sold 55 million records.[13]

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Highlights10

MTV Unplugged – Summer Solstice
 
MTV Unplugged – Summer Solstice is a live album by the Norwegian band a-ha.
The Sun Always Shines On TV
Song
The Sun Always Shines On TV is a song by musical group a-ha, released on September 15, 2017.
This Is Our Home
Song
This Is Our Home is a song by musical group a-ha, released on September 8, 2017.
Take On Me
 
"Take On Me" is a song by Norwegian synthpop band A-ha.

Photos - A-ha616

Popular Albums28

Album Appearances & References8

Popular Songs38

Popular Live Albums2

Song Appearances & References4

Minor Film Appearances & References8

TV Shows19

Book References & Influences2

Video Game References1

Collaborators & Influencers7

Other Music-Related Relationships24

Awards & Nominations30

Events3

Popular Tours1

Band Members3

You May Also Be Interested In26

Videos90

Spotify - Albums & Singles23

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spotify - Top Tracks10

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Upcoming Concerts36

Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
Stuttgart, Germany
January 23, 2018
Festhalle Frankfurt
Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
January 24, 2018
TUI Arena
Hannover, Germany
January 26, 2018
Arena Leipzig
Leipzig, Germany
January 27, 2018
Mercedes-Benz Arena
Berlin, Germany
January 29, 2018
Barclaycard Arena
Hamburg, Germany
January 30, 2018
Wiener Stadthalle Halle D
Vienna, Austria
February 2, 2018
Olympiahalle München
München, Germany
February 3, 2018
Hallenstadion
Zurich, Switzerland
February 5, 2018
LANXESS Arena
Koln, Germany
February 6, 2018
Oslo Spektrum
Oslo, Norway
February 9, 2018
Oslo Spektrum
Oslo, Norway
February 10, 2018
The O2
London, United Kingdom
February 14, 2018
The Spitfire Ground
Canterbury, United Kingdom
June 7, 2018
Huish Park Stadium
Yeovil, United Kingdom
June 9, 2018
The Abbey Stadium
Cambridge, United Kingdom
June 10, 2018
Live At The Marquee
Cork, Ireland
June 12, 2018
Keepmoat Stadium Doncaster
Doncaster, United Kingdom
June 14, 2018
Blackpool FC Bloomfield Road
Blackpool, United Kingdom
June 16, 2018
Northern Echo Arena Darlington
Darlington, United Kingdom
June 17, 2018
The Israel Trade Fairs And Convention Center
Tel Aviv, Israel
June 21, 2018
Energimølla
Kongsberg, Norway
July 6, 2018
Fulda Domplatz
Fulda, Germany
July 13, 2018
Siguldas pilsdrupu estrāde
Sigulda, Latvia
July 17, 2018
Tartu Laululava
Tartu, Estonia
July 19, 2018
Marktplatz
Balingen, Germany
July 21, 2018
Fürstenberg Freilichtbühne
Freiburg, Germany
July 22, 2018
THEATRE JEAN-DESCHAMPS
Carcassonne, France
July 24, 2018
THEATRE ANTIQUE
Vienne, France
July 25, 2018
Loreley Freilichtbühne
Sankt Goarshausen, Germany
August 11, 2018
Stortorget Hamar
Hamar, Norway
August 14, 2018
Sverresborg Museum
Trondheim, Norway
August 15, 2018
Schlossplatz
Coburg, Germany
August 22, 2018
Filmnächte am Elbufer
Dresden, Germany
August 24, 2018
Domplatz Magdeburg
Magdeburg, Germany
August 25, 2018
Zeltfestival Ruhr
Bochum, Germany
August 27, 2018

News Articles8

“Take on Me” music video helps Norway’s a-Ha reach the top the U.S. pop charts
  –  January 6, 2018
But if ever a case existed in which MTV did more than just contribute to an act’s success, it was the case of the Norwegian band a-Ha, who went from total unknowns to chart-topping pop stars almost solely on the strength of the groundbreaking video for ...
Dust off your wrist bands. A-ha are coming to Live at the Marquee
  –  December 1, 2017
A-ha are globally one of the most iconic pop bands to hail from ... The trio will be joined by a full new band for what is set to be a stellar summer evening playlist.
A-ha to perform at Cambridge United stadium
  –  November 14, 2017
Norwegian pop trio a-ha is set to perform at the Cambs Glass Stadium as the band announce plans to tour the UK in 2018. One of the most iconic pop bands from the 1980s, the multi-platinum selling trio are composed of lead vocalist Morten Harket ...
“Take on Me” music video helps Norway’s a-Ha reach the top the U.S. pop charts
  –  January 6, 2018
By 1985 the medium was established enough that it took a unique angle to achieve music video stardom. Enter a-Ha, a synth-pop group that caught a late ride on the dying New Wave thanks to the video for “Take On Me,” in which lead singer Morten Harket ...
Dust off your wrist bands. A-ha are coming to Live at the Marquee
  –  December 1, 2017
A-ha are globally one of the most iconic pop bands to hail from ... Widely regarded as true pioneers of both music and video technology to arise during the mid-80s they are perhaps best known for their huge and instantly recognisable hit Take on Me which ...
'80s acts The The and A-ha have both announced Irish gigs next summer
  –  December 1, 2017
Next summer is shaping up to be a '80s/'90s music fan's dream, as two iconic but very different ... Meanwhile, fans of Morten Harket will be delighted to hear that the Norwegian pop star and his A-ha bandmates will play Live at the Marquee, Cork on June ...
a-ha concert at Spitfire Ground, Canterbury - part of Summer Electric Tour 2018
  –  November 15, 2017
Eighties supergroup a-ha are set ... Top 10 best music videos year on year by MTV fans, will play the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence in Canterbury, home of Kent County Cricket Club, on Thursday, June 7, as part of their 2018 Summer Electric Tour.
A-ha, Steps, Aqua and Blue to play Darlington Arena in 2018
  –  November 13, 2017
Huge music names are heading our way for outdoor concerts next summer. Pop supremos Steps and Norwegian trio A-ha are both to play Darlington Mowden Park’s arena next year, with tickets for both gigs going on sale on Friday. First up are Steps ...

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