A-ha wins royal honours

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The members of Norway’s most internationally successful rock band, a-ha, have been informed they’ll be receiving one of their country’s highest royal decorations for their contribution to Norwegian music.

An early photo of rock band a-ha, from the mid-1980s. PHOTO: a-ha

Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that a-ha members Morten Harket, Magne Furuholmen and Pål Waaktaar Savoy will be decorated with The Order of St Olav, granted by King Harald V.

A-ha has a unique position in Norwegian musical history because of the international success it received with its smash hit Take On Me in 1985.

The band went on to record several popular albums which sold more than 35 million copies worldwide. A-ha was also the first Norwegian band to ever top the American Billboard list. The band has also had 15 singles on the Top 10 list in Great Britain.

The band retired in 2010 after a worldwide concert tour and each member is now pursuing solo careers in both music and the arts.

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