Finnish Shipments Increase In 2003

The value of Finnish shipments in 2003 rose 2.1% from the previous year to 66 million euros ($82 million), according to IFPI affiliate ÄKT. Volume was up 5.4% to 9.3 million units.

The value of Finnish shipments in 2003 rose 2.1% from the previous year to 66 million euros ($82 million), according to IFPI affiliate ÄKT. Volume was up 5.4% to 9.3 million units.

The gains were primarily due to the increase in shipments of local repertoire, which rose 10.7% in value to 35 million euros ($43 million) and 8.7% in units to 5 million. The 10 best-selling albums came from local artists, including 16-year-old rapper Pikku G (Warner), veteran rockers Yö (Poko) and singer-songwriter Ms. Maija Vilkkumaa.

Evanescence's "Fallen" (Wind-Up) was 2003's best-selling foreign album in Finland.

Sales of singles were down in Finland with a 21% drop in value to 930,000 euros ($1.15 million) from the previous year, although the fall in unit terms was only 4% down to 470,000.
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