Song pulled from iTunes after plagiarism claims

The Fox, the viral hit released last week by Ylvis, the Norwegian comedy duo, has been pulled from iTunes after an unnamed third party claimed it violated copyright.

Song pulled from iTunes after plagiarism claims
Bård Ylvisåker as 'The Fox' - TV Norge
The song was taken down from both Norwegian and American iTunes on Thursday. 
“We’re working to get this situation cleared up as quickly as we can,” Guttorm Raa, head of Warner Music Norway, told the website. 
The song, performed by Bård and Vegard Ylvisåker, has had had more than 22 million views on Youtube by Friday Morning, leaving it some way to go before it beats the 1.7 billion views achieved by the song Gangnam Style, by the Korean popstar Psy. 
Mikkel Eriksen, one of Stargate, the New-York based Norwegian production team who worked with Ylvis on the song, said it was up to the two brothers to comment. 
He remarked ruefully on the irony that Stargate, who normally work with big name acts such as Rihanna and Beyoncé, were seeing one of their biggest ever hits from a spoof that took them just one day to make in the studio. 
"Every day we sit and try and make serious music, and then we get a huge hit about a fox. It's funny," he told VG. 
He predicted said that the Ylvis brothers' talent was such that they would soon break out of Norway. 
"They're on the point of an international breakthrough, not just as musicians, but also as comedians," he said. 


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Ylvis book tops New York Times bestseller list

"What Does the Fox Say?," the children's book based on the viral YouTube hit by Norway's Ylvisåker brothers has debuted at the number one spot on the New York Times bestsellers list, Billboard magazine reported on Friday.

Ylvis book tops New York Times bestseller list
The front page of the Norwegian edition of the book, with a picture of its illustrator Svein Nyhus - Svein Nyhus
According to the coming issue of the New York Times' Book Review supplement  the book, which pairs the song's nonsense lyrics with illustrations by Svein Nyuhus, one of Norway's leading illustrators, is now the bestselling children's book in the US. 
The book, published on December 10, and is already in its sixth printing, after it was widely tipped as a Christmas gift for children.  
Christian Løchstøer, Managing Editor of Tonight with Ylvis, the brother's show is credited, along with the brothers with writing the lyrics. 
The Fox topped out at Number 6 on the US charts, and has received more than 300m hits on YouTube, making it this year's most viewed video. 
Bård Ylvisåker yesterday downplayed the importance of further US success to him and his brother Vegard. 
"We'll return to our office in Norway and still be happy. Everything's a bonus. And we won't be disappointed if we're kicked out of the country," he told The Hollywood Reporter.