New Zealand retail chain the CD and DVD Store is refusing to rack Eminem's album "Encore," released locally on Monday (Nov. 15). The retailer is not displaying the Universal Music album at any of its

New Zealand retail chain the CD and DVD Store is refusing to rack Eminem's album "Encore," released locally on Monday (Nov. 15). The retailer is not displaying the Universal Music album at any of its 25 outlets and will sell it only to customers who request it.

Roger Harper, managing director of the Auckland-based chain, says the album's lyrics are "violent and pornographic." The retailer will donate NZ$6 ($4.2) from each album sold to the Women's Refuge charity and a suicide prevention organization, because they "help the victims that suffer from Eminem's world view," Harper says.

Adam Holt, MD of Universal Music New Zealand, responds, "In the same way we respect Eminem's right to free speech, we respect the CD and DVD Store's right to take the position they have."

Holt expects "Encore" to debut at No. 1 on the next Record Industry Assn. of New Zealand chart, to be published Nov. 22. "Encore has come out of the blocks as fast, if not faster, than 'The Eminem Show,' so we are confident of this being the biggest album this Christmas."

He adds: "We'll be marketing the album right through 2005, so our expectation is to get sales close to 'The Eminem Show,' which is now over seven-times platinum [105,000 units] here."

"Encore," which comes with a parental advisory sticker, has not been a problem for other music retailers in New Zealand. A "clean" version of the album is due out in New Zealand tomorrow (Nov. 18).