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

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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 Morten Harket (vocals, guitars), Magne Furuholmen (keyboards, guitars) and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (guitars), the band rose to fame during the mid-1980s after being discovered by musician and producer John Ratcliff, and continued its 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. 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 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. 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 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.

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 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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Hunting High and Low a‐ha 4 20
1986 Scoundrel Days a‐ha 3.35 8
1988 Stay on These Roads a‐ha 3 7
1990 East of the Sun, West of the Moon a‐ha 4 5
1993 Memorial Beach a‐ha 5 4
2000 Minor Earth | Major Sky a‐ha 3 6
2002 Lifelines a‐ha 3 5
2004 The Demo Tapes a‐ha 2
2005 Analogue a‐ha 5 3
2009 Foot of the Mountain a‐ha 5
2015 Cast in Steel a‐ha 5 4
2016 Time and Again: The Ultimate a-ha a‐ha 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Headlines and Deadlines: The Hits of a-ha a‐ha 6
1991 Best in Brazil a‐ha 1
2004 The Singles: 1984-2004 a‐ha 5
2007 Greatest Hits a‐ha 3
2010 25 a‐ha 4
2011 Original Album Series a‐ha 3 2
2014 Collection a-ha 1
Extended Hits (Bradypus Series) a‐ha 1
The Best of a-ha a‐ha 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Homecoming: Live at Vallhall a‐ha 2
2001 Rock am Ring a‐ha 1
2003 How Can I Sleep With Your Voice in My Head a‐ha 5
2011 Ending on a High Note (The Final Concert) a‐ha 5
2017 MTV Unplugged: Summer Solstice a‐ha 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 Take On Me (long version) a-ha 5 1
1985 Take On Me a‐ha 5 5
1985 The Sun Always Shines on T.V. a‐ha 2
1985 Twelve Inch Club a‐ha 1
1986 Train of Thought a‐ha 1
1986 Hunting High and Low a‐ha 1
1986 Cry Wolf a‐ha 1
1986 I've Been Losing You a‐ha 1 2
1987 Manhattan Skyline a‐ha 1
1987 The Living Daylights a‐ha 1
1988 Stay on These Roads a‐ha 5 2
1988 Touchy! (Go-Go mix) a‐ha 1
1988 You Are the One (remix) a‐ha 2
1988 The Blood That Moves the Body a‐ha 3 2
1990 Crying in the Rain a‐ha 4.5 3
1990 Early Morning a‐ha 1
1990 I Call Your Name a‐ha 1
1991 Move to Memphis a‐ha 4 1
1993 Dark Is the Night a‐ha 5 3
1993 Angel a‐ha 3
1994 Shapes That Go Together a‐ha 4 2
2000 Summer Moved On a‐ha 1
2000 Minor Earth | Major Sky a‐ha 2
2000 Velvet a‐ha 1
2001 The Sun Never Shone That Day a‐ha 1
2002 Forever Not Yours a‐ha 2
2002 Lifelines a‐ha 4 5
2002 Did Anyone Approach You a‐ha 1
2005 Celice a‐ha 6
2005 Analogue (All I Want) a‐ha 3
2006 Cosy Prisons a‐ha 1
2009 Foot of the Mountain a‐ha 2
2009 Shadowside a‐ha 1
2009 Nothing Is Keeping You Here a‐ha 1
2010 Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah) a‐ha 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 45 R.P.M. Club a‐ha 1
1987 Scoundrel Club (EP) a‐ha 1
1988 Road Club a‐ha 1
2002 Single Remixes a‐ha 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Rhino Hi-Five: A-Ha a‐ha 1

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