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A-ha's Morten Harket: 'End of world tour was time to do other things'

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A-ha frontman Morten Harket has revealed that the band's end has allowed him to try "other things".

The Norwegian pop-rock group disbanded at the end of 2009 after their farewell 25th anniversary world tour.

Harket explained that the split has meant that he and his bandmates could focus on their personal lives and solo careers.

"A-ha disbanded in 2010, we had a big world tour celebrating 25 years together, so that was big year for us. The year before we had a big album, we were doing very well," he told BBC Breakfast.

"We knew that with all three of us being in good health, if we were going to do other things in our lives, then this would be the time to do it.

"We had 25 years to be grateful for and chose to step down."

Morten Harket released his fifth solo studio LP and third English language album earlier this year, reaching number one in Norway.

He collaborated with Pet Shop Boys duo Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe on the track 'Missing' for the LP, which he described as an "honour".

Out of My Hands is released in the UK on Monday (May 14).

Watch the video for Morten Harket's new single 'Scared of Heights' below:

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