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Oslo, Norway (1982 – 1994, 1998 – 2010)

a-ha was a Norwegian band that was globally successful from the 1980s until their split in 2010. The trio, composed of lead vocalist Morten Harket, guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy and keyboardist Magne Furuholmen, formed in 1982 and left Oslo, Norway for London in order to make a career in the music business.

The origin of the name a-ha comes from the lyric of an early song. After checking dictionaries in several languages, they found out that ‘a-ha’ was an international way of expressing recognition, with positive connotations. It was short, a-ha was easy to say and somewhat unusual.

The first song to break through into the mainstream culture was Take on Me, which was featured on the album Hunting High And Low; a main reason for its popularity was the music video that came some time later after the song’s release.
“Take on Me” was the first song Morten Harket heard Magne Furuholmen and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy play. At that time the song was called “Lesson One.” After multiple re-recordings and two failed releases, “Take on Me” became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1985. Although their first release of the song in 1984 was not a major success, it was remixed by producer Alan Tarney a year later, and sold 1.5 million copies worldwide in one week. Eventually the single “Take on Me” is estimated to have sold 7-9 million copies worldwide; it peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and number two in the UK Singles Chart. Sales were aided in the U.S.

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  • Stereorgasm

    Scoundrel days : an must-have, all in there is perfect , innovation, catchy melodies, gloomy mood, perfect musicality.

    21 Jul 10:44am Reply
  • paulastorm_

    Hunting High and Low ♥

    20 Jul 11:18pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    jesuslovesgoat, да пошли вы. Тэйк он ми - одна из самых значимых песен десятилетия.

    17 Jul 10:29pm Reply
  • jgravestone

    Тэйк он ми - ацтой [2]

    3 Jul 1:53pm Reply
  • jesuslovesgoat

    Тэйк он ми - ацтой

    2 Jul 6:35pm Reply
  • xenoprime

    Scoundrel Days - лучший альбом. Отошли от попсовости первого альбома, при этом сохранив фирменную мелодичность. На следующем же альбоме всего пара хороших песен. Также довольно неплох Analogue.

    2 Jul 11:02am Reply
  • Kyonil

    Это вообще вау.

    19 Jun 9:52am Reply
  • Keila_M

    A-hawesome! [7]

    18 Jun 3:09pm Reply
  • Lorelei_94

    Обожаю ♥

    9 Jun 7:47pm Reply
  • sonnycrockett_

    tour maybe?

    6 Jun 7:28am Reply
  • Nick14Orlov

    очень, очень богатая красивыми мелодиями группа. Голос у Мортена прекрасен, как здесь, так и на сольниках, да и куда он у него денется. Все альбомы хороши по-своему, но больше всего выделяются два - Hunting High & Low и Minor Earth Major Sky. На прощальном концерте в Питере в 2010 году было грустно.

    3 Jun 10:12pm Reply
  • Soul_0n_Fire

    what can i say... forever love!!!

    24 May 9:51am Reply
  • Roxtah

    still waiting for reunion! [2]

    13 May 6:01pm Reply
  • sternenfee0

    ☆--:*:--☆:*:--☆--Klasse!!--☆--:*:--☆:*:--☆

    8 May 8:50am Reply
  • Lorelei_94

    2 May 8:19pm Reply
  • jesuslovesgoat

    still waiting for reunion!

    25 Apr 6:05pm Reply
  • iastraea

    miss you a-ha!

    15 Apr 6:31pm Reply
  • SoccerZocker

    Best Pop-Formation ever! After their disbanding one of the last good pop-bands disappeared

    29 Mar 7:19am Reply
  • Cat_007

    Cool band)

    23 Mar 10:21am Reply
  • DjsMix74

    A-hawesome! [6]

    18 Mar 12:04am Reply
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