Eighties pop band go their separate ways

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A-ha are breaking up after almost a quarter of a century together.

The Norwegian pop band had a string of hits over three decades, including 15 UK number one singles.

‘We’ve literally lived the ultimate boy’s adventure tale, through a longer, more rewarding career than anyone could hope for,’ reads a statement on their website.


‘Doing this now will give us a chance to get more involved in other meaningful aspects of life, be it humanitarian work, politics, or whatever else – and of course through new constellations in the field of art and music.

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

The band, famous for Take On Me and The Sun Always Shines On TV, formed in 1985. 

Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy took a seven-year break before reforming in 1999.

They will perform a farewell tour, with their final date in Oslo on 4 December.

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Lorraine Crowther