Published Oct 16, 2009According to their official website, Norwegian pop/new wave outfit a-ha are calling it quits after more than two-and-a-half decades of making music together.
Best know for their über-hit "Take on Me," the threesome have sold over 35 million records and have scored 15 Top 10 singles in the UK. They also hold the Guinness World Record for the largest-ever audience at a paid concert - just under 200,000 people - at a 1992 gig in Rio de Janeiro.
The band's statement explained their decision to disband after a 2010 farewell tour (aka the retirement fund).
"We've literally lived the ultimate boy's adventure tale through a longer, more rewarding career than anyone could hope for," the band posted. "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 farewell tour dates have not been confirmed, although the band did post that the final show on the tour will take place in their home country of Norway at a December 4, 2010 Oslo appearance.
A-ha have released nine studio albums, their most recent being this year's Foot of the Mountain.