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a-ha calls it quits

on October 15, 2009, 2:30pm

After 25 years together, a-ha has announced plans to call it a day. In a statement posted on a-ha.com, the Norwegian synth poppers, authors of the recently released Foot of the Mountain, announced that they will disband following a farewell tour in 2010.

“We’ve literally lived the ultimate boy’s adventure tale, through a longer, more rewarding career than anyone could hope for,” the band explained.

“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,” the statement continued. “Change is always difficult and it is easy to get set in one’s ways. Now it is time to move on.”

The aforementioned farewell tour has not yet been announced, however, the band did confirm that the final concert would take place in Oslo, Norway on December 4th.

To date, a-ha’s resume sports nine studio albums with sales in excess of 35 million, 15 top ten singles in the U.K., and the Guinness World Record holder for the largest-ever audience attendance at a paid concert.