Tonight’s music byte features a-ha who officially broke up today.
a-ha (normally spelled entirely in lower-case) are a rock/pop music band from Norway. The band was founded in 1982 by Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (guitars), Magne Furuholmen (keyboards), and Morten Harket (vocals). The group initially rose to fame during the mid 1980s and has had continued global success in the 1990s and 2000s. According to their official website, they have sold over 35 million albums worldwide plus a double million figure in singles, making them the best-selling Norwegian music act in history.
a-ha achieved its biggest success with their debut album, Hunting High and Low, in 1985, which peaked at no.1 in their native Norway, no.2 in the UK and no.15 on the U.S. Billboard album chart and yielded two international number-one singles, “Take on Me” and “The Sun Always Shines on T.V.”, earning the band a Grammy Award nomination as Best New Artist. In the UK, Hunting High and Low was one of the best-selling albums of 1986. In 1994, after their fifth studio album, the band went on a hiatus. After a performance at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 1998, the band returned to the studio and recorded their sixth studio album, 2000’s Minor Earth Major Sky, which was another no.1 in Norway and resulted in a new tour. In 2002 the band released their seventh studio album, Lifelines. Their eighth album, Analogue, was released in 2005 and 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 released on 19 June 2009 (release date different in some countries), which returned the band to the UK Top 5 for the first time since 1988 and has also been certified Silver there as well as Platinum in Germany. The album peaked at no.2 in Norway (their first not to reach no.1 in their home territory). On 15 October 2009, the band announced their split after a planned worldwide tour in 2010, (more specifically after their two farewell shows in Oslo) 3 and 4 December 2010. On 19 October the tour’s name was announced as Ending On A High Note.
Please enjoy this video clip of a-ha performing their 1985 hit “Take On Me” both live in Rio and by means of their then innovative music video.