24 Facts About A-ha


A-ha is a Norwegian new wave band formed in Oslo in 1982.

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A-ha achieved their biggest success with their debut album Hunting High and Low in 1985.

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A-ha became the first Norwegian band to have a number-one hit in the U S The popularity of "Take on Me" earned the band a spot on the American television series Soul Train in 1985, making them one of the few white artists to appear on the black music-oriented show.

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In May 1988, A-ha released their third studio album, titled Stay on These Roads, which matched the number-two chart peak of its two predecessors on the British album charts.

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The following February, A-ha performed two concerts during the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, followed by tours in South Africa and Norway.

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A-ha were chosen to compose the official song for the Winter Paralympic Games in Lillehammer, which they entitled "Shapes That Go Together".

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A-ha made a return appearance at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2001, performing a new song, "Differences", and "Hunting High and Low".

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On 12 September 2005, A-ha played a quickly sold-out show at Irving Plaza in New York City, the band's first concert in North America since 1986, despite not having released any material there since 1993.

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On 30 October 2006 in London, A-ha received the prestigious Q Magazine Inspiration Award for their long contribution to music and for inspiring many of their younger colleagues in the business.

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On 15 September 2007, A-ha played a free outdoor concert in Kiel, Germany, performing on a floating stage in the harbour.

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A-ha performed a cover of Depeche Mode's "A Question of Lust" during a live performance for BBC Radio 2 – The Dermot O'Leary Show on 25 July 2009.

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On 24 July 2009, A-ha headlined the iTunes Live festival, the performance of which was made available for download on iTunes.

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On 1 April 2011, A-ha released the DVD as well as the box-set containing both the DVD and the CD of their last concert, Ending on a High Note – The Final Concert.

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A-ha played at Oslo Spektrum on 21 August 2011, performing the song "Stay on These Roads" for a national memorial service dedicated to the victims of the 2011 Norway attacks.

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A-ha performed at the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway.

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In Oslo Spektrum on 3 May 2016, A-ha collaborated with Void, a Norwegian computational computational design studio.

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In early 2018, A-ha went on a European acoustic tour, which was first titled "An Acoustic Evening with A-ha" but then renamed "MTV Unplugged Tour 2018".

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On 29 October 2019, A-ha started their Hunting High and Low tour in Dublin, Ireland, in which they played the whole of their debut album, in addition to other songs.

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In March 2022, A-ha resumed the Hunting High and Low tour after postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In 1986, A-ha received eight MTV Video Music Awards during one award show.

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A-ha's music has appeared in movies such as One Night at McCool's, Grosse Pointe Blank and Corky Romano.

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Christina Aguilera and Pitbull performed the song "Feel This Moment", which contains sampling of A-ha's "Take On Me, " live at the MGM Grand during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, with a surprise appearance from Morten Harket.

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A-ha did win eight MTV Video Music Awards, six for "Take On Me" and two for "The Sun Always Shines on TV".

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A-ha have won 10 Spellemannprisen awards, the Norwegian equivalent of the Grammy Awards.

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