a-ha achieved global stardom in dramatic fashion in 1985 when the Norwegian group’s debut 7″, Take On Me, topped the charts in 36 different countries on its way to becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time. Later this year, the song’s iconic music video is expected to reach one billion views on YouTube, a feat very few artists have accomplished before.

In anticipation of the upcoming milestone, a-ha are running a competition that gives fans an opportunity to predict the exact time and date of when the video will reach one billion views on YouTube. One winner and their guest will be flown to Norway – a-ha’s home country – where they’ll meet the band and watch them perform live on 7 February 2020. Click here for more contest details and to sign up: www.a-ha.com/takeonme

Currently, the official music video for Take On Me has more than over 900 million views on YouTube. When it reaches one billion, it will join the short list of songs from the 20th century with membership in the billion-view club: November Rain by Guns N’ Roses, Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, and Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.

This new achievement is only the latest for a-ha’s instantly recognisable song. In 1986, Take On Me won six MTV Video Music Awards for its groundbreaking combination of pencil-sketch animation and live action. In addition, it’s also the second most-viewed video from the 80s on YouTube.

 

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