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

Annotation last modified on 2010-02-18 13:34 .

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A-ha (usually stylized as a-ha; Norwegian pronunciation: [ɑˈhɑː]) is a Norwegian band formed in Oslo in 1982. Founded by Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (guitars), Magne Furuholmen (keyboards, guitars) and Morten Harket (vocals), the band rose to fame during the mid-1980s and continued its global success in the 1990s and the 21st century.

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. The band released studio albums in 1986, 1988, and 1990, with single hits including Hunting High and Low, The Living Daylights, Stay on These Roads and Crying in the Rain. In 1994, after their fifth studio album, Memorial Beach (1993), 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, A-ha recorded their sixth album, 2000's Minor Earth Major Sky, which was another number-one album in Norway and Germany. This album was followed by Lifelines (2002); Analogue (2005), which was certified Silver in the UK; and Foot of the Mountain (2009), which was certified Silver in the UK and reached the Top Five 5 in many European countries. On 15 October 2009, the band announced they would split after the 2010 worldwide 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 leg of the tour. 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. In 2015, it was announced that A-ha would re-unite and their tenth studio album, Cast in Steel, was released on 4 September 2015, and the band toured in support of the album.

The band has released ten studio albums, several compilations and four live albums. 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. The band were listed in the Guinness World Records book for having the biggest paying 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. Their exact sale figures are somewhat controversial: According to their label Rhino they have sold 55 million records, other sources even list more than 100 million sold units.

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Discography

Album

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1985Hunting High and Lowa‐ha420
1986Scoundrel Daysa‐ha3.359
1988Stay on These Roadsa‐ha37
1990East of the Sun, West of the Moona‐ha45
1993Memorial Beacha‐ha55
2000minor earth | major skya‐ha36
2002Lifelinesa‐ha35
2004The Demo Tapesa‐ha2
2005Analoguea‐ha53
2009Foot of the Mountaina‐ha7
2015Cast in Steela‐ha54

Album + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1991Headlines and Deadlines: The Hits of a-haa‐ha6
1991Best in Brazila‐ha1
2004The Singles: 1984-2004a‐ha6
2007Greatest Hitsa‐ha3
201025a‐ha4
2011Original Album Seriesa‐ha32
2012The Triple Album Collectiona‐ha1
2014Collectiona‐ha1
2016Time and Again: The Ultimate a-haa‐ha1
Extended Hits (Bradypus Series)a‐ha1
The Best of a-haa‐ha1

Album + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1989On Tour In Brazila‐ha1
2001Homecoming: Live at Vallhalla‐ha2
2001Rock am Ringa‐ha1
2003How Can I Sleep With Your Voice in My Heada‐ha5
2011Ending on a High Note (The Final Concert)a‐ha5
2017MTV Unplugged: Summer Solsticea‐ha4

Single

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1984Take On Mea‐ha47
1985The Sun Always Shines on T.V.a‐ha3
1985Twelve Inch Cluba‐ha1
1986Train of Thoughta‐ha1
1986Hunting High and Lowa‐ha1
1986Cry Wolfa‐ha1
1986I've Been Losing Youa‐ha12
1987Manhattan Skylinea‐ha1
1987The Living Daylightsa‐ha1
1988Stay on These Roadsa‐ha52
1988Touchy! (Go-Go mix)a‐ha1
1988You Are the One (remix)a‐ha2
1988The Blood That Moves the Bodya‐ha32
1990Crying in the Raina‐ha4.53
1990Early Morninga‐ha1
1990I Call Your Namea‐ha1
1991Move to Memphisa‐ha41
1993Dark Is the Nighta‐ha53
1993Angela‐ha3
1994Shapes That Go Togethera‐ha42
2000Summer Moved Ona‐ha2
2000Minor Earth | Major Skya‐ha3
2000Velveta‐ha1
2001The Sun Never Shone That Daya‐ha1
2002Forever Not Yoursa‐ha2
2002Lifelinesa‐ha46
2002Did Anyone Approach Youa‐ha1
2005Celicea‐ha5
2005Analogue (All I Want)a‐ha4
2006Cosy Prisonsa‐ha1
2009Foot of the Mountaina‐ha2
2009Shadowsidea‐ha1
2009Nothing Is Keeping You Herea‐ha1
2010Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)a‐ha2
2015Under the Makeupa‐ha1
2015Cast in Steela‐ha1
2015The Wakea‐ha1
2016Objects in the Mirrora‐ha1
2018Take On Me (Symphonic version)a‐ha1

Single + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2001Minor Earth | Major Boxa‐ha1

Single + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2017Take on Mea‐ha1

EP

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
198545 R.P.M. Cluba‐ha1
1987Scoundrel Club (EP)a‐ha2
1988Road Cluba‐ha1
2002Single Remixesa‐ha1

EP + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2005Rhino Hi-Five: a-haa‐ha1

EP + Live

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2016Hits South Americaa‐ha1

Other + Compilation

YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
2002Music Heritagea‐ha1

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