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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 (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
1995 Absolute 80's, Volume 4: 86/87 Various Artists 1
1995 Ettor på Trackslistan 1985-1987 Various Artists 1
1995 Express Yourself: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do Various Artists 1
1995 Forever Young - Just Can't Get Enough 2 Various Artists 1
1995 Knuffelrock 3 Various Artists 1
1995 Loving You Various Artists 1
1995 The Very Best of Pop Music 1985-86 Various Artists 1
1995 The Very Best of Pop Music 1987-88 Various Artists 1
1995 The Very Best of Pop Music Presentation CD 1980-1992 Various Artists 1
1996 VH1 The Big 80's Various Artists 1
1996 The No. 1 Eighties Album Various Artists 1
1996 25 Years of Number 1 Hits, Volume 7: 1984/1985 Various Artists 1
1996 25 Years of Number 1 Hits, Volume 8: 1986/1987 Various Artists 1
1996 Decade of Number One Hits (1985-1995) Various Artists 1
1996 Les Incontournables des années 80, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1996 Love Is... Various Artists 1
1996 Pop & Wave, Volume 6: A Reflection on the 80's Various Artists 2
1996 Superstars 80 Various Artists 1
1996 The 80's Collection Various Artists 1
1996 The Best of wea Originals, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1996 The Greatest of the Eighties Various Artists 1
1996 The Very Best of Pop Music 1986-87 Various Artists 1
1996 The Very Best of Pop Music 1988-89 Various Artists 1
1996 The Very Best of Pop Music 1990-91 Various Artists 1
1997 Pop & Wave, Volume 7: The Sound of the 80's Various Artists 2
1997 18 New Wave Classics, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1997 Absolute Hits of the 80's Various Artists 1
1997 Eighties Complete Various Artists 1
1997 Los 100 mayores éxitos de los 80 Various Artists 1
1997 The 80's Greatest Rock Hits, Volume 11: Teen Idols Various Artists 1
1997 The Power of Love: Soul to Soul Various Artists 1
1997 The Very Best of Pop Music 1980-1995: Presentation CD Various Artists 1
1998 The Eighties Mix Various Artists 2
1998 Fantastic 80s! Various Artists 1
1998 The Best of 1980–1990, Volume 13 Various Artists 2
1998 Fantastic 80s! 2 Various Artists 1
1998 Chart Toppers: Dance Hits of the 80's Various Artists 1
1998 The Biggest 80’s Hits in the World… Ever! Various Artists 1
1998 Back to the 80’s: De Hits uit de Jaren ’80, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1998 Best of Super Stars Various Artists 1
1998 Blast From the Past Various Artists 1
1998 Absolute Norsk Various Artists 1
1998 Fantastic 80s! Various Artists 1
1998 Fetenkult: Disco 80 Various Artists 1
1998 Lista Przebojów Programu 3 - 1987 Various Artists 1
1998 Lost and Found: 1979-1987 Various Artists 1
1998 Relax! The Ultimate 80’s Mix Various Artists 1
1998 Romeo & Julia, Volume 2: Die schönsten Love Songs aller Zeiten Various Artists 1
1998 Romeo & Julia, Volume 3: Die schönsten Love Songs aller Zeiten Various Artists 1
1998 The 90s Collection: 90 Various Artists 1
1998 The Classic Eighties Mix Various Artists 1
1999 Modern 80s: The Best of Discopop, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1999 Modern 80's: The Best of Discopop, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1999 Millennium '80s New Wave Party Various Artists 1
1999 Simply the Best of the 80’s Various Artists 1
1999 MTV the First 1000 Years: New Wave Various Artists 1
1999 Best of Super Stars, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1999 Drive Various Artists 1
1999 Herzschmerz: The Real Sad Songs 3 Various Artists 1
1999 Las 101 mejores canciones del planeta Tierra Various Artists 1
1999 Listen to the Music Various Artists 1
1999 One Shot ’80, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1999 Relax! Volume 2: The Ultimate 80's Mix Various Artists 1
1999 Simply the Best 80s Hits Various Artists 1
1999 The Power of Love: 1989–1993 Various Artists 1
2000 Absolute Music 33 Various Artists 2.5 2
2000 Now! T.W.I.C.M. Collection (1983-2000) Various Artists 1
2000 Bravo Hits 29 Various Artists 3
2000 Top 50 Various Artists 2
2000 Ö3 Greatest Hits, Volume 11 Various Artists 1
2000 Viva Hits 9 Various Artists 1
2000 Fantastic 80s! Go for It! Various Artists 1
2000 Mr Music Hits 2000-8 Various Artists 2
2000 Viva Hits 10 Various Artists 1
2000 Kuschelrock 14 Various Artists 3
2000 RTL Hits Various Artists 1
2000 Platin: The Very Best Of Various Artists 1
2000 Top 2000: Die besten Hits des Jahres Various Artists 1
2000 Bravo: The Hits 2000 Various Artists 2
2000 Viva Hits 11 Various Artists 1
2000 Megahits 2001: Die Erste Various Artists 1
2000 Booom 2001: The First Various Artists 1
2000 Bild Hits 2001: Die Erste Various Artists 1
2000 20 Top Hits Aus Den Charts Sommer Extra 2000 Various Artists 1
2000 Absolute Music 31 Various Artists 1
2000 Après Sun-Hits 2000 Various Artists 1
2000 Back to the 80’s: De Hits uit de Jaren ’80: Pop & Wave Various Artists 1
2000 Best of Super Stars, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2000 Bild Hits 2000: Die Zweite Various Artists 1
2000 De Pre Historie 1986, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2000 Maynard's Rewind, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2000 Modern Rock: Mid 80's Various Artists 1
2000 Monster '80s Various Artists 1
2000 Most Wanted Hits 4 Various Artists 1
2000 Most Wanted Summer 2000 Various Artists 1
2000 Platin, Volume 9 Various Artists 1
2000 SA-FM Party Songs, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2000 The All Time Greatest Movie Songs of the Last 3 Decades Various Artists 1
2000 The All Time Greatest Pop Hits of the Last 3 Decades Various Artists 1
2000 The Hits, Volume 5 Various Artists 2

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