BERLIN - The Swedish rock band Mando Diao signed an exclusive publishing deal with BMG Germany.

Led by singer-songwriters Björn Dixgård and Gustaf Norén, the band has released five studio albums, a Best Of and an MTV Unplugged set over the past nine years with total sales of over one million albums, 600,000 of them in Germany, according to Fred Casimir, SVP European Repertoire & MD Germany.

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Besides the upcoming regular Mando Diao album, the deal with BMG coincides with the release of two special project from the band this year: Back To Earth, an album from Dixgård and Norén's Gorillaz-type side project Caligula which features contributions from German DJ Paul Van Dyk, singer Agnes Carlsson, Oskar Bonde from Johnossi and Swedish hip-hop producers Masse and Salla Salazar. The rock band will also release a Swedish language album with Swedish poems about alcohol and women, with music of Mando Diao.

The band will be playing three European festivals this summer - In Music, Zagreb in Croatia, Das Festival in Schauffhausen, Switzerland and Sziget in Budapest, Hungary.

Mando Diao's last album Give Me Fire entered the German, Swiss and Austrian charts at No. 1 and its lead single sold 300,000 units in Germany alone.

BMG's Fred Casimir, responsible for European Repertoire in a statement: "Mando Diao have scored the rare achievement of consistently increasing their fan base while maintaining their musical credibility."

Since its founding in 2008, BMG has established a presence in eight music markets and represents the rights of nearly one million songs and recordings. BMG is a joint venture between the international media company Bertelsmann and investment group Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.