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a-ha is a Norwegian pop band. The trio, composed of Pål Waaktaar[?], Magne Furholmen[?] and Morten Harket[?] formed in 1983, and left Norway for London in order to make a career in the music business. "Take on Me", their debut single, was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1985 (see 1985 in music); sales were aided in the US by an innovative video on MTV. In spite of the single's greater popularity in the US, the album, Hunting High and Low[?], sold better in the UK. Critics at the time mostly dismissed the band as bubblegum pop.

a-ha's second album was Scoundrel Days[?] (1986 in music), and it stunned critics with its step towards alternative rock and Waaktaar's burgeoning skills as a songwriter. Stay on These Roads (1988 in music) received more mixed reviews than the previous albums. In spite of a drastic decline in sales in the next few years, a-ha has continued to record with some success. Their latest albums are 2000's (2000 in music) Minor Earth Major Sky[?] and 2002's (2002 in music) Lifelines[?]. A live album (from their 2002 tour) with the title How Can I Sleep With Your Voice in My Head[?] was released in March of 2003, preceded by a live single of the 1986 classic "The Sun Always Shines On TV".



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