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A-ha to split after 25 years


Story by Jack Foley

NORWEGIAN pop group A-ha are to split, it has been announced.

The band, headed by former teen pin-up Morten Harket, scored some massive international hits during their heyday in the ’80s, including The Sun Always Shines On TV and Take On Me. They were also renowned for their innovative videos, in particular, for a pioneering video that featured a magazine coming to life.

The band announced their decision to part company in a statement, in which they said: “We’ve literally lived the ultimate boy’s adventure tale.”

The statement added that the split would allow the trio to pursue “other meaningful aspects of life, be it humanitarian work, politics, or whatever else”.

Ironically, A-ha’s most recent album, Foot Of The Mountain, which marked a return to their synth-pop roots after a period in which they recorded chiming guitar ballads, was widely reviewed as a return to form and charted at number five in the UK – their highest placing for some time.

In their heyday, A-ha even broke a world record at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium in 1991, when 196,000 fans paid to see them.

But after the commercial failure of 1993’s Memorial Beach, the band went on hiatus and only got back together for special concerts and then to release the new album.

However, they don’t intend to go quietly. A farewell tour has been announced before they disband – although only the final date, in Oslo on December 4, 2010, has so far been confirmed.

“We are retiring as a band, not as individuals,” the statement added. “Change is always difficult and it is easy to get set in one’s ways. Now it is time to move on.”