Wednesday, 29 September 2010

'25' a-ha's new album out Monday 4th October

The new album '25' will be released in the UK on Monday 4th October.

CD, Special Edition CD (with DVD), download and extended audio/video edition download (with videos)

Tracklisting as follows:

Disc 1
Take On Me
The Blue Sky
The Sun Always Shines On T.V.
Train of Thought (7" remix)
Hunting High And Low (7" remix)
I've Been Losing You
Scoundrel Days
The Swing Of Things
Cry Wolf
Manhattan Skyline (edit version)
The Living Daylights
Stay On These Roads
Touchy! (UK DJ edit)
There's Never A Forever Thing
You Are The One (7" Remix)
The Blood That Moves The Body (Two-Time Gun Remix)
Crying In The
Early Morning
Slender Frame
I Call Your Name

Disc 2
Move To Memphis (single version)
Dark Is The Night For All
Cold As Stone (re-mix)
Angel In The Snow (edit)
Shapes That Go Together
Summer Moved On
Minor Earth Major Sky
(Niven's Radio Edit)
The Sun Never Shone That Day (Radio Edit)
Forever Not Yours
Did Anyone Approach You?
Cosy Prisons (Radio
Foot Of The Mou
Nothing Is Keeping You Here (Single Remix)
Shadowside (single edit)
Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)

Take On Me (1985 version)
The Sun Always Shines On T.V.
I've Been Losing You
Manhattan Skyline
Stay On These Roads
Crying In The Rain
Dark Is The Night For All
Move To Memphis
Shapes Th
at Go Together
Angel In The Snow
Summer Moved On
Minor Earth Major Sky
Did Anyone Approach You?
Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)
Take On Me (1984 version) (Bonus Video)

Sunday, 26 September 2010

a-ha's UK singles chart position

Butterfly Butterfly (The Last Hurrah) just made it on to the UK top 100 singles chart at position 98. Oh dear.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Mid Week Chart

.... and a-ha are at number....

Oh, they are not on the top 40. I thought the volume of CDs might be sufficient. I was wrong. Still, there should be no surprise - there was zero promotion to support the release as always.

Why the decision to release the last single 25 years after the 1985 Take on me UK release? No one has noticed. I guess the album will score better as it will have some promotion.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Where are the downloads?

I think this battle for the charts will be won or lost on the strength of CD single sales.

There is no position on the iTunes chart currently.

CD Singles
HMV - number 1
Amazon - number 2

Fingers crossed that the volume of CDS being shifted is high.

It looks like any promotion will be in support of the album rather than the single.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Available Now

The single is now available on 2 track CD single or download. To be honest, a top 20 placement would be a real success in this day and age. I will be waiting for the mid-week chart with crossed fingers.

Remember to keep an eye out for a-ha promotion. There will be live music from a-ha on Ken Bruce, Radio 2 towards the end of the month.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

1 day to go!

Just one day left till the single is available in the UK. After 62 days on's CD single chart, it climbs back up yet again. Currently at number 6.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Fly Butterfly Fly!

Only 5 days till a-ha's final single is released. Pre-order now or buy it on either CD or download from the 20th of September.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Pre-Order on iTunes

Now available to pre-order from iTunes UK.

There is currently a 2 track Butterfly Butterfly (The Last Hurrah) available. It would be nice to see an E.P. appear too. If there is no extra material (Question of lust radio cover, Manmade lake or recent live tracks... Dream myself alive) maybe the video for Butterfly or something. There needs to be a reason for people to buy the CD and download.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

iTunes Digital EP (Germany) + CD Single

Here is the tracklisting for the German digital EP of Butterfly Butterfly (The Last Hurrah) release July 30th

1. Butterfly Butterfly (The Last Hurrah) - Album Version
2. Butterfly Butterfly (The Last Hurrah) - Steve Osbourne Version
3. The Sun Always Shines On TV - Album Version
4. Hunting High And Low - Album Version
5. Stay On These Roads - Video

I hope the UK iTunes EP will be better than this. Why release more stuff everyone already has when there are other options available. Perhaps some of the alternative mixes from Foot Of The Mountain album or live recordings from last years Radio 2 set - I'm thinking the Depeche Mode cover.

The CD single is also available in Germany and is presumably the same as the forthcoming UK release.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Number One - well Sort of

The new single is number one on pre-order cd singles. This is a good start and could prove that this is where the record companies slipped up with releases since Analogue. A CD single release could prove important.

Buy it from Amazon

Buy it from HMV

The single seems to be the sixth most popular pre-release single on HMV online (also good news).

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Butterfly Begin

The 2 track CD features:

1. Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)
(Single Edit) [3:40]
(Paul Waaktaar-Savoy)
Produced by Martin Terefe
Mixed by Michael Brauer

2. Butterfly, Butterfly (The Last Hurrah)
(Steve Osborne Version) [4:28]
(Paul Waaktaar-Savoy)
Produced and Mixed by Steve Osborne

The download tracklisting is to be confirmed.

Pre-order the CD here or here or ask your local record store.

The single has been released in Norway and was the highest new entry of the week at number 13. a-ha have filmed a video with Steve Barron who was responsible for early a-ha videos including the classic 'Take on me'. The video is yet to be released.

Deluxe Editions

At long last - Remastered a-ha albums! It would be very nice to see the other early Warner albums from 'Stay on these roads' to 'Memorial Beach' given the same treatment - but this is a very good start.

Disc 1 - Hunting High and Low (w/ Bonus Tracks)
1. Take On Me
2. Train Of Thought
3. Hunting High And Low
4. The Blue Sky
5. Living A Boy's Adventure Tale
6. The Sun Always Shines On T.V.
7. And You Tell Me
8. Love Is Reason
9. Dream Myself Alive
10. Here I Stand And Face The Rain
11. Take On Me - Original 7" Version 1984 (Bonus Track)
12. The Sun Always Shines On T.V. - Extended Mix (Bonus Track)
13. Train Of Thought - U.S. Mix (Bonus Track)
14. Hunting High And Low - Extended Remix (Bonus Track)

Disc 2 - Demos, B-sides & Rarities
1. Take On Me - Demo
2. Train Of Thought - Demo
3. Hunting High And Low - Demo
4. The Blue Sky - Demo
5. Living A Boy's Adventure Tale - Early Version
6. The Sun Always Shines on T.V. - Demo
7. And You Tell Me - Demo
8. Love Is Reason - Demo
9. I Dream Myself Alive - Demo
10. Here I Stand And Face The Rain - Demo
11. Stop And Make Your Mind Up
12. Driftwood
13. Dot The I
14. The Love Goodbye
15. Nothing To It
16. Go To Sleep
17. Monday Mourning
18. All The Planes That Come In On The Quiet
19. Never Never
20. What's That You're Doing To Yourself
21. You Have Grown Thoughtful Again
22. Lesson One - Autumn 1982 'Take One Me' Demo
23. Presenting Lily Mars
24. The Sun Always Shines on T.V. - Steve Thompson Extended Version*
25. Take On Me - Instrumental Mix*
26. Hunting High And Low - Slow Version Demo*
27. Take On Me - 1984 12" Mix*

Disc 1 - Scoundrel Days (w/ Bonus Tracks)
1. Scoundrel Days
2. The Swing Of Things
3. I've Been Losing You
4. October
5. Manhattan Skyline
6. Cry Wolf
7. We're Looking For The Whales
8. The Weight Of The Wind
9. Maybe, Maybe
10. Soft Rains Of April
11. I've Been Losing You - Extended Version (Bonus Track)
12. Cry Wolf - Extended Version (Bonus Track)
13. Manhattan Skyline - Extended Version (Bonus Track)

Disc 2 - Demos, B-sides & Rarities
1. Scoundrel Days - Demo
2. The Swing Of Things - Demo #3
3. I've Been Losing You - Octocon Studio Demo
4. October - Demo
5. Manhattan Skyline - Demo
6. Cry Wolf - Demo
7. We're Looking For The Whales - Demo
8. The Weight Of The Wind - Demo
9. Maybe, Maybe - Demo
10. Soft Rains Of April - Guitar Version Deno
11. Scoundrel Days - Octocon Studio Demo
12. This Alone Is Love - Original Version
13. Days On End - Demo
14. Train of Thought - Live In Croydon
15. I've Been Losing You - Live In Croydon
16. The Blue Sky - Live In Croydon
17. Looking for The Whales - Live In Croydon
18. Cry Wolf - Live In Croydon
19. I've Been Losing You - Dub Version*
20. Soft Rains Of April - Piano Demo*
21. The Swing Of Things - Demo #1*
22. I've Been Losing You - Early Demo*

*bonus download only tracks

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