UK success for a-ha’s latest
For the first time since ‘Stay On These Roads’ was released in May 1988, a-ha has a Top 10 album in the UK. In its first week on the UK sales charts, the legendary trio’s latest album ‘Foot of The Mountain’, performed admirably with a no. 5 slot as a final result. Music Week’s unofficial mid-week sales charts indicated that ‘Foot of The Mountain’ held the second place, only outpaced by the Michael Jackson compilation ‘The Essential’. ‘Foot of the Mountain’ has also been A-listed by Radio 2.
‘Foot of The Mountain’ has seen healthy sales in Scandinavia and shot to the very top of the German sales charts earlier this year. The album remained in the German top 20 for six weeks
a-ha has been in the UK for a month doing promotion, and will soon return to Germany for a few appearances. a-ha is set to return in November for a string of live dates which will culminate with a performance at London’s 02 Arena.
A few UK review quotes:
“Their ninth album ‘Foot of the Mountain’ is a welcome return to the electronica of their early hits and a glorious reminder of their soaring melodies.” BBC Music, July 7
“The kind of album that sounds like it should be No 1 in Germany, which, of course, it was recently.” The Guardian, July 12
“Talking about Foot Of The Mountain, which is the group’s ninth studio album, [Magne] said: ‘It was a real thrill to re-examine our formative elements and use them hopefully in ways that rejuvenates them and makes us move forward as opposed to backward.'” Music News, July 17