Free piano sheet music from A-ha
A-ha is the name of a Norwegian pop rock band formed in 1982.
They are well known in the new wave and synthpop genres, as well as the alternative rock scene.
Starting as a trio formed from Morten Harket as the vocalist, Paul Waaktar-Savoy as the guitarist and Magne Furuholmen as the keyboardist, the group moved to London in order to start their musical career.
Getting involved with producer John Ratcliff and then Terry Slater, who became their manager, an older song by Magne and Paul was reengineered and released as "Lesson One", also releasing a renewed version of "Take On Me", which became a hit in 1985, getting at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The video for "Take On Me" got them to win six MTV Video Awards in 1986.
Their second single was "The Sun Always Shines on T.V.", which got to the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. The video of the song got other 2 MTV awards.
Their success in USA continued as they got nominated for the Grammy Award for "Best New Artist".
In 1985 A-ha released their album "Hunting High and Low", getting 3 times Platinum in UK and Platinum in USA. Several hits from the album has also made the group known internationally, especially in Germany, Brazil and Netherlands.
A second album was released in 1986, titled "Scoundrel Days", spawning "Cry Wolf" as another Billboard Hot 100 single. After a world tour and a USA tour, they released a third album in 1988, titled "Stay on These Roads", selling over 4 million copies.
Concerting in Brazil with a large crowd, they continued to enjoy success in South America, as well as moderate success in UK, France, Germany. Another album showed up before they disbanded, titled "Memorial Beach", with little success. They toured Norway and South Africa and got reunited years later, in 1998.
Performing a new song titled "Summer Moved On" for the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 1998, they released "Minor Earth Major Sky" in 2000, starting another worldwide tour.
Returning for the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in 2001, the band also released a live album one year later, titled "How Can I Sleep with Your Voice in My Head". In 2005, they continued to enjoy concerts in Germany, then in New York, also releasing a new album titled "Analogue", which got them in the UK charts once more.
After the 2007 album "Make Some Noise", they released another one, called "Foot of the Mountain" in 2009, concerting in London and Norway in the meantime. Releasing deluxe versions for their older albums, they announced their split.
Selling over 80 million albums worldwide, A-ha have been influences for Coldplay and Keane, getting their songs widely covered and reinterpreted along the time.
|Lineup:||- Magne Furuholmen|
- Morten Harket
- Paul Waaktaar-Savoy
|Genres:||Synthpop, Alternative Rock, Pop Rock, New Wave|
|Years Active:||1982–1994, 1998–2011|
|Labels:||Polydor, Warner Bros.|
|Official year when they were formed:||1982|
|Discography:||- Hunting High and Low (1985)|
- Scoundrel Days (1986)
- Stay on These Roads (1988)
- East of the Sun, West of the Moon (1990)
- Memorial Beach (1993)
- Minor Earth Major Sky (2000)
- Lifelines (2002)
- Analogue (2005)
- Foot of the Mountain (2009)