a-ha is one of the biggest pop successes in Norwegian history. In autumn '85, the trio reached no. 1 in the US and no. 2 in the UK with their début single Take On Me. They went on to wreak havoc on the charts with eighteen hit singles and six albums, including the collection ‘Headlines and Deadlines – The Hits of a-ha’, and wrote the title theme for the James Bond film ‘The Living Daylights’ in '87. Following the release of 1993’s ‘Memorial Beach’ the band went on a hiatus for a number of years, returning in 2000 with the strong come-back album ‘Minor Earth Major Sky’.
a-ha returned with a studio album in 2002 with ‘Lifelines’, and the studio album was followed by a live recording the next year; ‘How Can I sleep With Your Voice In My Head – a-ha Live’. 2004 marked the trio’s 20th anniversary which was celebrated with a release of a singles collection: ‘The singles 1984 -2004’. 2005 saw the release of ‘Analogue’ which also marked the band’s shift to a new record label, Universal.
Earlier this week, Norwegian daily VG reported that a-ha is heading back to the studio to record a follow-up to ‘Analogue’, a statement confirmed by the band’s official web-site later this week. Says the statement on a-ha.com: ‘The band is heading back into the studio within the next month to continue work on the as-yet-unnamed record. The hope is to have the recording finished by the end of the year, with an eye to release the album in the spring of 2009. Release dates, as always, are subject to change, but as soon as we have more concrete information, we'll be sure to let you all know.’
On another note, a-ha keyboardist and composer Magne Furuholmen has joined forces with Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman and Mew-vocalist Jonas Bjerre on a new project. The trio completed a number of studio sessions earlier this year, and have to date recorded at least one track that is set to be featured on BBC2’s new Bruce Parry series ‘Amazon’ which premiered in the UK in mid-September. A double CD is scheduled to be released in conjunction with the launch of the new series, and all proceeds from the album sales are to be donated to human rights organisati on Survival International. sd
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