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A-ha is a Norwegian new wave band who were most popular in the UK and the USA during the 1980s, but continued to be globally successful in the 1990s and 2000s. The trio, composed of lead vocalist Morten Harket, guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy and keyboardist Magne Furuholmen, formed in 1983 and left Norway for London in order to make a career in the music business. The origin of the name a-ha comes from the title of an early song. Originally, Paul had used the word ‘a-ha’ as the title of a 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, easy to say and unusual.

The first song to break through was “Take On Me”, which are on the album “Hunting High And Low”. But the reason for it’s popularity was the music video that came some time later after the song’s release.

Edited by Monkybone on 18 Sep 2006, 19:43

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Formed in
  • 1982
Split in
  • 1994
  • 2010
Reformed in
  • 1998
Founded in
  • Oslo, Norway
Band Members
Official Website

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