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March 1st2015
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Celebrating 30 years since a-ha’s breakthrough with ‘Take On Me’

As promised, in 2015 we are looking back on the 30 years since a-ha first went to #1 with ‘Take On Me’. We’ll be sharing content from our archives, news about upcoming deluxe edition releases and celebrating a-ha’s musical legacy, using the hashtag ‪#‎aha30‬. Follow along and contribute your own posts!

a-ha.com launched on November 25, 2000 and we have a large archive of great content to share – but unfortunately we do not have a lot of material from before 2000. We’re asking the guys and their colleagues from over the years to go through their own photos and files for exclusive and interesting content to share with everyone, and of course contributions are welcome from anyone who has original material and authority/permission to share. Please contact us if you’d like to contribute to the #aha30 celebration!

We know there are a lot of social media sites out there to keep up with, and everyone has their favorites for sharing info, links and photos. It can be difficult to follow a topic you’re interested in on so many different sites, especially if you are not a member of of each social network.

Now you can follow along on all the #aha30 posts over on Tagboard. Not only will you see all of our posts, but when you use the hashtag, other fans will find your posts, too!

Coming up this week, we’re going to start sharing links to the 2010 Tour Blog posts for each concert on a-ha’s last tour. If you went to any of the shows, we hope you’ll add your memories and photo/video links in the comments of each concert post for other fans to enjoy :-)

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February 12th2015
User Icon - A-Ha Official SitePosted By: Catherine

‘Apparatjik World’ available now

Teased for a couple of years, previewed at the a-ha fan convention in October and now finally available in print, ‘Apparatjik World’ is a documentation of the collective’s varied projects, presented in coffee-table book form.

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Apparatjik World

Apparatjik World
(Metamerge UN-LTD, UK)
ISBN: 978-82-999821-0-8
Artist-book available in selected museumstores, and on Amazon

The Apparatjik Project: We are not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy!

‘Apparatjik World’ is an absolute gem of a coffee-table book. Beautiful in both presentation and design, it contains a wealth of photographic and graphic material documenting the collective’s 6 year existence. It includes photos of various performances as well as snapshots from behind the scenes, and is littered with irreverent and entertaining interviews and random scientific texts. The overall result is an intriguing mix with a large dose of absurd humor and provides a glimpse into the colorful world of an artist-collective defying definition.

Apparatjik World

The founding members hold down day-jobs as members of celebrated musical groups like A-ha, Coldplay, & Mew, but there is a feeling of total artistic freedom and unapologetic playfulness here, no doubt a welcome contrast to the creative confines of mainstream success, and guaranteed to somehow feed inspiration back into the members’ other creative ventures.

Apparatjik seamlessly integrate pop mass-appeal with quirky left-field art projects in a way that is both unashamed and elegant. There is a definite sense that the protagonists take this project much more seriously than they have been given credit for, although the tongue-in-cheek and self-deprecating attitude makes it near impossible to penetrate a broader understanding of what this is all about.

Apparatjik World

The Apparajtik collective has a wide array of collaborators ranging from pop-culture icons like Pharrell Williams and UK television cult-figure Bruce Parry – to more eclectic ones like Danish visual artist Tal R and Max Tegmark, an Astro Physics Professor at M.I.T, Boston. This book documents everything from workshops with art-students to projects involving random fans around the world, whether it is about inviting them to plant trees in exchange for free music, to actively take part in album-recording processes, to perform on stage with them at the Roskilde festival, or exhibit at the prestigious National Galleries of Germany and Norway.

Apparatjik display a total unwillingness to become commercialized, yet paradoxically, seem unafraid to be surprisingly commercial at times. In the words of German Museum Director Udo Kittelmann, the reason Apparatjik is so interesting is that they are ‘…too much pop to be taken seriously in the art-field, and too artsy to be successful in the mainstream’. Apparatjik themselves simply state that they ‘fall between chairs, but are happy in the fall’.

Apparatjik World

Apparatjik World the book chronicles a staggering amount of work done by people we thought were too busy in their everyday lives as popstars, music-producers, and painters to find time and reason to do much else. There is no preface, guideline, or clues to how to approach this book – even the page-numbering defies reason until you discover that there is indeed an underlying system.

In the end this is the story of a loose collective of people who have carved out an experimental space for themselves outside of the bubble of their own fame – engaging directly with their audience in ways very few such artists are willing to do. Whether you buy this book just for the rich photo-documentation and a voyeristic glimpse into ‘Apparatjik World’ or to try and decipher a deeper artistic message, the ride is uniquely Apparatjik.

Apparatjik World

Apparatjik World

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January 30th2015
User Icon - A-Ha Official SitePosted By: Catherine

Morten speaks at summit on bullying

Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Minister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen and healthcare minister Bent Høie initiated a summit on bullying which was held in the Prime Minister’s residence this morning. The goal was to better prevent and deal with bullying in schools, and gather suggestions for how victims and their parents can get help when schools do not follow up on reports of bullying.

The summit marks the start of the government’s efforts against bullying, and was attended by representatives of teachers, pupils and relevant organizations. “We must do everything we can to prevent bullying. Children who are bullied are hurting when it happens, but they also take it with them for the rest of their life,” Høie says.

Morten Harket

Several former victims of bullying attended the breakfast meeting and shared their stories. Morten told of his experience with years of bullying, violence and harassment. “I found myself on the outside most of the time [...] It is central to what bullying does to you, it undermines the development of your opportunities.”

“Bullying is a culture. You must cultivate yourself away from bullying with another culture,” he advises.

Aftenposten has a short video interview with Morten and Prime Minister Erna Solberg about the summit here. You can watch a video of Morten’s remarks here.

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Summit on Bullying

Morten is pictured above with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and bullying victim Margit Axelsen.

This initiative is extremely important, and Morten applauds Margit and all victims of bullying who are speaking out and working to make a change. Good luck to you, Margit!

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January 30th2015
User Icon - A-Ha Official SitePosted By: Catherine

‘Take On Me’ video featured on Snapchat

Earlier this week, the California based Snapchat announced the launch of Discover:

“Snapchat Discover is a new way to explore Stories from different editorial teams. It’s the result of collaboration with world-class leaders in media to build a storytelling format that puts the narrative first. This is not social media.”

Discover features daily editions from each of these media leaders, providing a daily surprise for its users. One of Snapchat’s media partners is Warmer Music Group, and today’s edition included the video for ‘Take On Me’. Here are a few screen shots from the app:

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Snapchat Discover

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January 27th2015
User Icon - A-Ha Official SitePosted By: Catherine

‘Just keep guessing’

Be sure to keep an eye on a-ha’s Facebook page, where there are some numerical clues being posted lately. As Morten said in his video greeting from Moscow last week, ‘There is something about numbers as well…I am not going to say more, but just keep guessing. 2015? Who knows…’

Update January 27:

As of December 4 and the Rock In Rio announcement, some of the number clues on Facebook have been decoded – but there are still several numbers you have not figured out yet! And there will be more numbers to come…

It has been 70 days since this one was posted:

Any ideas out there? :-)

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Celebrating 30 years since a-ha’s breakthrough with ‘Take On Me’

As promised, in 2015 we are looking back on the 30 years since a-ha first went to #1 with ‘Take On Me’!

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February 12th2015

‘Apparatjik World’ available now

Order the new ‘Apparatjik World’ book from AMAZON.

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Morten speaks at summit on bullying

Morten told of his experience with years of bullying, violence and harassment.

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January 30th2015

‘Take On Me’ video featured on Snapchat

Warner Music Group featured the video for ‘Take On Me’ today on the social app Snapchat.

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January 27th2015

‘Just keep guessing’

Be sure to keep an eye on a-ha’s Facebook page, where there are some numerical clues being posted lately. As […]

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‘Peeling a Glass Onion’

Magne will have a major exhibition of works at Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh this spring.

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January 19th2015

‘Brother’ now available on vinyl

Morten’s album ‘Brother’ is now available on vinyl!

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‘We need to put the band back together’

The response to Magne’s photo on his Facebook page has been overwhelming. You guys are too kind!

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January 9th2015

‘Take On Me til topps i USA’

Last night, a new 30 minute documentary about a-ha aired on NRK1. The program focuses on the band’s beginnings and […]

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Magne and Tini Fan Convention Q&A

A transcript from Magne’s Q&A at the Fan Convention in Oslo, as well as video clips of Tini’s Q&A.

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