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Ari Koivunen's "Becoming" Debuts At #1 On Finnish Charts, Goes Gold Already

Ari Koivunen's second album, "Becoming," entered the Finnish Album Chart in the number 1 spot. In addition, the album has already received Gold-status for selling more than 15,000 copies in Finland.

In related news, guitarist Luca Gargano has decided to depart from the Ari Koivunen band. He has posted the following statements to his myspace blog (in English) and in the forum of arikoivunen.fi (in Finnish). Here is the English version:

"I'm sad to announce that I no longer play with Ari Koivunen. This was entirely my own decision, and I just wanted to go on with my own career. So there was no fight, no argue, no musical differences and no one fired anyone. I just wanted to quit now when the new album was ready and released and the band had a short break to settle things for the future.

"We're still best friends with Ari, Erkka, Erkki, Mauro and Vili, but now it's time for me to go on and put together the band I've always dreamed of. What it's going to be... You'll find out in the near future, I promise."

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