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Morten Harket is best known for being lead singer of the Norwegian pop band A-ha, which produced the 1980s hit "Take On Me" and its innovative music video.
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This exec tapped animator Michael Patterson and introduced him to Steve Barron, the director behind Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" music video. The "Take on Me" video took four months and approximately $200,000 to make. It made A-ha stars, and the awards came pouring in. The video scored eight MTV awards in 1986, including the MTV Video Music Awards for Best New Artist, Best Direction,
Best Concept Video and Viewer's Choice.
Sixteen other albums followed, including A-ha's final collection, Ending on a High Note, released in 2011. It was a live concert album from Harket and the band's performance at the Oslo Spektrum. Another highlight in the group's career was recording the lead song "The Living Daylights" for the 1987 James Bond film of the same name; the film starred Timothy Dalton as Bond and actress Maryam d'Abo as Bond's love interest, Kara Milovy.
Between A-ha projects, Harket pursued a solo career with four albums, including his last in 2008. In 2000 he broke the record for a man holding the longest single note in a recording. The record was previously held by Bill Withers, who held a note for 18 seconds in the tune "Lovely Day." Harket surpassed that in 2000, by holding a note for 20.2 seconds on the song "Summer Moved On."
Despite all the touring and record releases, Harket and A-ha never repeated the U.S. success of "Take on Me." The song and video continue to be highlighted and parodied in everything from Family Guy and South Park to Psych and a GEICO insurance commercial. The song was even sampled in the song "Feel This Moment" by Pitbull and Christina Aguilera in 2012.
Harket has three children with Swedish actress Camilla Malmquist, to whom he was married from 1989 to 1998, as well as two children from subsequent relationships.
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