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Dimmu Borgir Debut At #1 In Norway, Banned From UK Chart

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DIMMU BORGIR has entered the Norwegian album chart at No. 1 with its latest effort, "In Sorte Diaboli" — the first time a black metal act has ever topped a national album chart anywhere in the world. SATYRICON's "Now, Diabolical" and DIMMU BORGIR's last release, "Death Cult Armageddon", previously reached the No. 2 position on the Norwegian album chart.

DIMMU BORGIR's chart-topper comes just a week after "In Sorte Diaboli" reached No. 43 on The Billboard 200, making them the first Norwegian band since the Eighties pop act A-HA to crack the U.S. Top 50, reports the Norwegian music industry weekly Faro Journalen.

Stein Ostbo reviewed "In Sorte Diaboli" for Norway's biggest daily newspaper Verdens Gang (VG), and gave it the highest possible rating (6 out of 6). He says DIMMU BORGIR's No. 1 is nothing less than the most radical achievement in the history of the Norwegian charts.

"Because of the black metal genre's extreme expression, I would characterize this as the most astonishing thing that has ever happened on the Norwegian charts," he says.

Espen Solheim Røhne at Indie Distribution, which handles Nuclear Blast Records' releases in Norway, says the label expected to have a No. 1 album with DIMMU BORGIR's latest. He says the company decided to start advertising on TV earlier than originally planned, and if the album continues to sell well in its second week, they will buy more TV spots for "In Sorte Diaboli".

"We are in discussion with cable network TV 3 to buy more airtime from them, but we will continue advertising on TV through the end of May, no matter what happens," he says.

Solheim Rohne says the No. 1 is especially impressive when you consider the competition.

"When you watch TV in the evening, it seems like there are MIKA and ELTON JOHN spots in every commercial break," he explains. "This achievement with DIMMU BORGIR is exactly what everybody in this business is striving for: release good records that sell well, and when you reach No. 1 it's just perfect."

The CD also sold extremely well in such countries as Sweden, Finland, Austria and Switzerland, and last week reached No. 43 on the American Billboard chart. Unfortunately, the Norwegian band can forget about achieving the same results in England.

Last week "In Sorte Diaboli" was disqualified twice by The Official UK Charts Company, which was established by the music industry to regulate and control the chart compilation process and to ensure that the charts represent an accurate assessment of popularity.

"This is not funny," says Yorck Eysel, the label manager for DIMMU BORGIR's Germany-based record company, Nuclear Blast. "I hope that nobody blames us, but rather blames the almost unbelievably strict rules in England."

According to Eysel, The Official UK Charts Company disqualified the album twice last week. First they made the decision to exclude the CD based on a mirror which is featured on the cover of the digipack release.

"First they disqualified us because of this mirror, which is nothing but decoration inside the package," he says. "We went ahead and complained about this and then we got a note saying that we wouldn't be on the list anyway since the packaging for the CD includes a flyer where we announce a competition for record buyers to win an opportunity to meet the band."

Eysel feels that it is a pity the disqualification was made final, since DIMMU BORGIR's chances of landing on the U.K. chart were quite high.

"They obviously examined the CD packaging carefully, and I don't think they would've done that if we had been just another band that didn't have a pretty good chance of making the chart," he says.

Eysel says that the label shipped more than 10,000 copies of "In Sorte Diaboli" to English retail outlets.

"We have been going for 20 years now, and we have achieved high chart numbers with bands like NIGHTWISH, for example," he says. "Something like this (with DIMMU BORGIR) has never happened before."

This is not the first time The Official UK Charts Company has sparked a public debate by excluding an artist.

Last fall they disqualified BECK's "The Information", because the record buyers got a blank cover and a sheet with a sticker instead of a traditional cover.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. WiseWiz writes:

Maybe I'm missing something, but either reason for disqualifying the album seems like total bullsh**.

# May 11, 2007 @ 2:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Terminator writes:

funny, i always thought that the charts were based on how many records you sold. i never realized that their were packaging requirements. almost every album that i have bought has had some little marketing square inside it, advertising merchandise or other albums produced by the same label. in theory, i guess i dont see how including a sweepstakes to win a chance to meet the band is any different. marketing is marketing. hell, beck got the shaft too, and i hate beck. im also curious as to what the specific packaging requirments are.

nope, i think dimmu was disqualified for being black metal.

# May 11, 2007 @ 2:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Black Messiah writes:

who cares about some crapy album in a crapy country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"fuk em all"

# May 11, 2007 @ 3:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Zero 54 writes:

Wtf happened to democracy and freedom of choice, f**king censorship

# May 11, 2007 @ 3:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. psythe writes:

This sounds to me like a bunch of officials getting all high and mighty up themselves. I suggest that English music-lovers (regardless of genre preference) protest this nonsense. I wouldn't stand for it, personally. What a load of crap!

# May 11, 2007 @ 6:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Ethelred writes:

i agree with psythe

i am an englishman and although i am not keen on black metal i agree that this is an extreme version on being a bit too perfectionist....

# May 11, 2007 @ 12:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Bodders writes:

I think that this shows what a nanny state we live in. I liked the album. The fact that a Balck Metal album sold well enough to get into the charts is great but the fact it was disqualified is crap. I mean because of a mirror on the packaging and a competition leaflet. Whats next banning any album that comes with a flyer inside to get a free ringtone. Loads of albums have that now.

# May 14, 2007 @ 8:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. acacia writes:

i live in England and this is a load of sh**, i f***ing hate my country and its sh**ty rules, and the music scene in England is far worse than any other country. will someone please blow my country up i dont give a sh** if i die i just want to see England die!!!!

# May 14, 2007 @ 11:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. SexBloodandMetal writes:

banning Dimmu is bullsh*t

I finally got a listen to 'Serpentine Offering', and I love it

# May 14, 2007 @ 4:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. RememberMetal? writes:

I have to say im pretty impressed with the new Dimmu.
I'm a an 8 year fan, so take what I say with a grain of salt...but the band sound f***ing vital compared to most of Death Cult.
Shagrath and Vortex really deliver on the vocals this time, -tons- of conviction. Hellhammer shines brightest ofcourse, but I'm surprised with how well the guitars and keys came out. Strongest thing from a band this well known I've heard all year.

Now Playing: Pantera "Cemetary Gates"

# May 14, 2007 @ 9:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Erik writes:

My country is not "crappy". It's actually the world's greatest country, as proven by the UN in its yearly Human Development Index. People envy us because we are richer than them, healthier than them, better educated than them, more good looking than them, happier than them, more sexually active than them, and smarter than them.

# May 15, 2007 @ 3:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. SexBloodandMetal writes:

So, what you're saying Erik, is that you're a flaming Nationalist?

# May 15, 2007 @ 5:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. InneSatanisckViTill writes:

Dimmu Borgir is an amazing BLACK METAL band and should be respected as such.
and norway is an amazing country. :)

# May 20, 2007 @ 2:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. ArchEnemy84 writes:

I have to agree with posts 10 and 13. And wait, U.S.A. f***ing rules too. And Sweden. And Norway again.

# May 20, 2007 @ 7:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. xxxbodomofmynutsxxx writes:

f*** u all, The U.K kicks the sheit out of the U.S and sh**hole Sweden, and Finland. And Black Metal f***ing rules the sh** out of my girl pants. Ahehehe! Im so cool, yea, cooler then all U!!!!!!!!!

# May 20, 2007 @ 11:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Delirius writes:

to start out with erik is a fag. dimmu borgir is the best black metal band i have yet to hear and the fact that the dam uk banned them from their charts because of a stupid mirror and a flyer is a pile of crap.

# May 29, 2007 @ 4:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Ruby Red writes:

First and foremost "congratulations" to DIMMU BORGIR's newest album/Cd works Dimmu Borgir "In Sorte Diaboli" which top a heafty nice position's on record Billcharts around the World: How, wonderful to hit/earned that number #1 Billboard chart position in your Home Country of NORWAY and also be #43 on the AMERICAN Billboard Chart etc.,. and other major European Countries like Sweden, Finland & Germany etc.,. That's a heavy major honor with that said I am surprise that England would put Dimmu Borgir through the ringer/alot of struggle due to their art cover/the mirror image in the Cd/album. That's outrageous and I do hope they will go over this situration of banning a bands album Cd(s) because they don't like the artwork: that's pretty "weird & wrong" I think. I know that DIMMU BORGIR are an extreme Black Metal band and a very damn "magnificent" one at that: at times I'm not in total atonement with their message but we all have a right to voice our deepest thoughts. I find them to be very earnest with alot "integrity" about them, I like them and wish this famoues Norwegian B/M band DIMMU BORGIR Shagrath, Silenoz, Galdez, Mustis, Vortex and Hellhammer (of MAYHEM fame) continue success & that this tedious situration with the English Billboard chart will be resolved soon for your newest album "In Sorte Diaboli" is truelly heavy, chilly & magnificent. And also congratulations on your previous Classic albums/Cd's works in particular "Death Cult Armageddon" which DIMMU BORGIR received the #2 Norway Billboard Chart position along with SATYRICON's "Diabolical Now" also received the same rewards of reaching #2 on the Norwegian Billboard Chart. Peace!

# May 31, 2007 @ 6:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Red_Chord writes:

Hey, next time they are going to ban an album from the charts because it uses paper that has not been recycled...they just don't like metal and they just don't want it on the bilboard cause it's not suppose to sell...I tell you what. Everybody in England should protest about that and just get the album. The charts won't decide if a band makes it or not but the fans will. And if it is worth it (which it is) the fans will make sure that the band can continu to work their art and keep going. It's cool to be on top of charts but in the end, it doesn't really make you less succesfull if you're not on it.

Metal forever...

# May 31, 2007 @ 10:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. CephalicCarnage writes:

Norway rules. "the first Norwegian band since A-HA, to crack the U.S. Billboard Top 50". Damn, thats an achievement.

# Jun 1, 2007 @ 11:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. DISEMBOWLER writes:

THATS RIGHT MOTHER FAGETS, DIMMU KICKS THE sh** IN BLACK METAL!!!

# Jun 1, 2007 @ 1:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

I say fxck the charts. I say fxck the numbers. It's all pieces of the bigger picture. One part of the industry wants to quantify its product, and when an album gets banned, no matter what the country, the industry just tries to find a way to get fans worked up so they buy the record in question anyways. I appreciate Dimmu and all that, but who really cares about the charts or the numbers? If I buy a copy of a CD, I don't usually buy another copy, no matter how sweet the album is, unless the first copy gets ruined. And as far as the packaging goes, Slipknot's IOWA had a mirror inside, and the industry is STILL sucking sLipKnot's c0ck over that album. I think the whole debacle is pointless horseshxt and no matter what they cite as their reasons, it all boils down to the same thing: The people who were going to buy the record are still going to buy it, and this is all either cheap tactics by 1) the recording industry to pad its waning numbers, or 2) the UK to control what comes in and out of the country musically. The UK thrives on irrational censorship, yet tits on national television isn't out of the norm there. What's more offensive, one chick's titties, or six guys pretending to be devil worshippers on a CD? The answer is neither. They're the same damn thing, if you're worried about exposing the children. If that's not the concern, then it's a totally expendable issue knee-deep in moot points. It sucks for Dimmu, but, hey, they're obviously getting a little bit of press out of it, right? I'm willing to bet that neither side of this situation is all that upset. If the album rocks, people will find it, regardless of who is banning it.

# Jun 1, 2007 @ 3:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. spawnd07 writes:

greetings from New Zealand, and hail Dimmu Borgir for not failing to impress. Absolutely f***en brutal, nice vocal's and recording great, not to mention HellHammers impressive diverse drumming-big step up. and guitars from silonez's and galder f***en astonishing. Have been thrashing it hard since the release, keep up the good work

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