a-ha are the norwegian band, formed in 1984. Their breakthrough happened in 1985 with a huge hit "Take On Me". The success resulted in countless awards, multiplatinum album sales and a world tour. Two following albums, Scoundrel Days (1986) and Stay On These Roads (1988) weren't as popular as the debut, but still produced some top10 hits, such as Cry Wolf, Manhattan Skyline, Touchy and Stay On These Roads.
In 1990 a-ha completely changed their music style and image and with the new album, East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon moved towards more guitar-based sound. The next album, Memorial Beach (1993), was even darker and more rock-oriented, and had absolutely nothing to compare to the earlier works. However, both albums didn't go quite well, especially in the USA, where they were completely ignored. Strangely enough, at that time a-ha became really big in South America - they even set a new world record when playing at the Rock In Rio festival in front of 200.000 people!
In 1994 a-ha split up. All band members pursued their solo careers, still being quite popular in their home country, but without any international success.
In 1998 a-ha appeared at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert and announced that there would be a new album. In April 2000 it was finally released. Both Minor Earth | Major Sky album and the first single, Summer Moved On, reached Top10 positions in most european countries and no.1 spot in Norway and Germany.
The latest a-ha studio album, "Lifelines", was released in spring 2002. The long awaited first live album How Can I Sleep With Your Voice In My Head came out in early 2003.