According to Rytmi.com, "Imaginaerum", the first album in four years from Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH, has already sold 50,000 copies in Finland after being released on Wednesday (November 30). The band's first CD since 2007's "Dark Passion Play" which was then-new singer Anette Olzon's debut is due in North America on January 10, 2012 via Roadrunner Records.
Note: The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) in Finland has revised the sales requirements for albums to reach platinum status in the country from the pre-2010 level of 30,000 to the current 20,000.
Hundreds of fans lined up this past Tuesday night at a record store in Helsinki, Finland where the members of NIGHTWISH were signing copies of "Imaginaerum".
Video footage of the event can be seen below. Check out photos at YLE.fi.
The band examined its catalog when sitting down to write what would become "Imaginaerum". The songs for the album were written between 2008 and 2010, after the "Dark Passion Play" tour cycle ended.
"Imaginaerum" release dates:
Finland: November 30
Europe: December 2
Australia: January 6
North America: January 10
Japan: January 11
New Zealand: January 16
NIGHTWISH's new single, "Storytime", recently topped the official chart in Finland.
"Storytime" was released as a single on Friday, November 11 via Nuclear Blast Records.
(Thanks: Melica / Night Elves)