A-Ha Artist Bio and Lyrics
After multiple re-recordings and two failed releases 80's band A-Ha's, "Take On Me" became a worldwide hit in 1985. The first release of the song had only sold 300 copies, but after a rework with producer Alan Tarney, it sold 1.5 million copies around the world in only one month.
Eventually A-Ha's single "Take On Me" sold approximately 6 million copies worldwide. Take On Me hit #1 in the US and peaked at #2 on the UK charts.
Sales of A-Ha's Take On Me were bolstered in the US by the music video on MTV that mimicked the climactic scene from the Ken Russell film Altered States. The video used a sketchy animation / live action combination called Rotoscoping. A-ha received a Best Video nomination for "Take On Me" at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards.
A-ha would never again have a Billboard Top 40 single in the US after Take On Me. In the US A-ha is considered an 80's one hit wonder. In the rest of the world A-ha has had greater success beyond their first hit.
A-ha's second album in 1986 was Scoundrel Days and represented a move towards alternative rock as synth pop began to fall out of style. In 1987, they provided the title song for the James Bond film The Living Daylights.
A-ha's 1988 release Stay on These Roads received more mixed reviews than the previous albums. In spite of declining sales in the next few years, A-ha managed to record two more albums, 1990's East of the Sun, West of the Moon and Memorial Beach in 1993.
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Stay on These Roads
Of years and years and hundreds of albums of rock/alternative music in my life, A-Ha's "Stay on These Roads" is my all-time favorite song.
The music is wonderful and the vocals are pure, sensitive and beautiful. I never cease to love listening to it.
#1 - Jan Michele - 12/05/2006 - 16:05
A-ha is pretty cool. I CAN'T stop listening to "Take on me" on my MP3! I'm addicted to that song. That and EVERY song by Green Day. I'm a Green day punk!!! N-E- Wayz, A-Ha is so awesome, I like some of thier new stuff, but their old stuff is WAY better.
Punk girl(Seb's punk babe)
#2 - sebastian's punkbabe - 03/01/2007 - 18:22
A-ha has more albums
This article ends with the Album Memorial Beach but a-ha had the following albums since then: Minor Earth Major Sky, Lifelines, Analogue, and a live album and singles album. All of these are outstanding. Each member also has several solo albums that are similar to a-ha but yet different. They are simply THE BEST band ever.
#3 - DINO - 01/21/2008 - 20:16
take on me is d best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
love d drawings in the video!!!!!!!! loooooooooooooooooooooove a-ha!!!!!!
#4 - melissa paramsook - 03/01/2010 - 08:39
A-HA is the best!!!!!! Songs are Brilliant!!!!!! Thank You,A-Ha!!!!!!!
#5 - Mary - 03/22/2010 - 03:07
A-HA is the best!!!!!! Songs are Brilliant!!!!!! Thank You,A-Ha!!!!!!! I always thank God that He gave me such great chance to listen to A-Ha and to love them!!!!!!!!!!
#6 - Mary - 03/22/2010 - 03:10
a-ha's final tour - U.S.
a-ha's 2010 world tour is the last chance to see the band in concert before they retire at the end of this year! Don't miss your chance to experience the music and live energy first-hand. May 15 and 16 - Los Angeles - Club Nokia! Also... attend a Fan Party! Celebrate a-ha's amazing career with us! The American fan club is planning special events after the 15th show. These parties will be a great chance to meet other fans and enjoy an evening of a-ha songs and videos, dancing and fun! www.a-ha.us
#7 - Lisa - 04/12/2010 - 23:22
Take on Me...I love it!!! It's sooo tuff
#8 - Angelica - 10/07/2010 - 20:47
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