a-ha

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Per the artist official homepage, http://www.a-ha.com, the band's name is spelled all lower case.

Discussion about capitalization of the title "Take On Me": http://forums.musicbrainz.org/viewtopic.php?id=771

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A-ha (stylized a-ha; Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈɑːhɑ]) was a Norwegian band formed in Oslo in 1982. The band was founded by Morten Harket (vocals), Magne Furuholmen (keyboards) and Pål Waaktaar (guitars). The group initially rose to fame during the mid-1980s after being discovered by musician and producer John Ratcliff, and had 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 1 in their native Norway, number 2 in the UK, and number 15 on the U.S. Billboard album chart; yielded two international number-one singles, "Take On Me" and "The Sun Always Shines on T.V."; 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. 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.

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. 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. The album peaked at number 2 in Norway (their first release not to reach number 1 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. Thousands of fans from at least 40 different countries on six continents congregated to see A-ha for the last time.

The band has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide In less than a year, during 2010, the band earned an estimated 500 million Norwegian Kroner on touring tickets, merchandising and the release of a greatest hits album, making them one of the 40–50 largest grossing bands in the world.

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Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1985 Hunting High and Low 4.15 11
1986 Scoundrel Days 3.35 3
1988 Stay on These Roads 3 5
1990 East of the Sun, West of the Moon 4 1
1993 Memorial Beach 5 2
2000 Minor Earth | Major Sky 3 5
2002 Lifelines 3 5
2004 The Demo Tapes 2
2005 Analogue 5 1
2009 Foot of the Mountain 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1991 Headlines and Deadlines: The Hits of a-ha Compilation 4
2004 The Singles: 1984-2004 Compilation 3
2005 The Definitive Singles Collection 1984-2004 Compilation 1
2010 25 Compilation 3
2011 Original Album Series Compilation 1
Best in Brazil Compilation 1
Extended Hits (Bradypus Series) Compilation 1
Greatest Hits Compilation 1
Greatest Hits Compilation 1
The Best of a-ha Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
2001 Homecoming: Live at Vallhall Live 1
2001 Rock am Ring Live 1
2003 How Can I Sleep With Your Voice in My Head Live 3
2011 Ending on a High Note (The Final Concert) Live 4

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
1985 Take On Me 5 4
1985 Twelve Inch Club 1
1986 I've Been Losing You 1 2
1987 The Living Daylights 1
1988 Stay on These Roads 5 2
1988 Touchy! (Go-Go mix) 1
1988 You Are the One (remix) 2
1988 The Blood That Moves the Body 3 2
1990 Crying in the Rain 4.5 2
1990 Early Morning 1
1990 I Call Your Name 1
1991 Move to Memphis 4 1
1993 Dark Is the Night 5 3
1993 Angel 2
1994 Shapes That Go Together 4 2
2000 Summer Moved On 1
2000 Minor Earth | Major Sky 2
2000 Velvet 1
2001 The Sun Never Shone That Day 1
2002 Forever Not Yours 2
2002 Lifelines 4 5
2002 Did Anyone Approach You 1
2003 The Sun Always Shines on T.V. 1
2005 Celice 5
2005 Analogue (All I Want) 3
2006 Cosy Prisons 1

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