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The sale of music CDs in Iceland has increased by 30 percent since last year and this year will be the best ever, beating 2006, Eiður* Arnarsson, sales manager at the record label Sena, told daily newspaper Fréttablaðið.

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One of the most popular albums in Iceland this year.

And it’s Icelandic music people are buying. Good sales numbers were already reported in the summer with the release of new albums by electro-pop band GusGus, up-and-coming Jón Jónsson and veterans Bubbi (his best sale in eight years) and Helgi Björnsson.

This fall the bestsellers were the new albums by hipsters Of Monsters and Men, pop prince Páll Óskar Hjálmtýsson with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and rocker Mugison.

Mugison’s Haglél was the number one-selling album last week with more than 1,000 copies sold. Close to 15,000 CDs in total have been sold in Iceland this year.

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* The Icelandic letter ð is pronounced like th in that.

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