‘The Fox’ is Norway’s second ever US Top 10

Norway's Ylvis brothers have gone where only A-ha has gone before, with their electropop hit 'The Fox' making the US's Billboard top-ten list in an update on Wednesday.

'The Fox' is Norway's second ever US Top 10
Ylvis on Ellen - YouTube
'The Fox' became the second Norwegian song ever to make the list, after it leapt from 13th to 8th place. The feat was last achieved by A-ha's 'Take on Me' back in 1985. 
The song has now sold 71,000 digital downloads, up 21 percent on last week, and has been streamed 9.5 million times, a 34 percent increase on last week, making it this week's 'digital gainer' on the index.
The song's YouTube video had been seen 79 million times by Thursday morning. 
Bård and Vegard Ylvisåker have had a career in Norway as a comedy and variety act since 2001, but achieved international success only this Septembert with the release of The Fox, which was originally intended as a marketing tool for their talk show. 
At the end of last month, they appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show, one of the US's most-watched afternoon talk shows, and performed at a festival in Las Vegas. 

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GALLERY: Ten great songs about Norway

How many artists have serenaded Norway in song? Richard Orange scours YouTube and Spotify to find ten great tracks, one of which is little more than an angry stream of obscenities.

GALLERY: Ten great songs about Norway
Norway popster Maya Vik from the video Oslo Knows. Photo: Screen grab/YouTube
Bruce Springsteen's longtime guitarist Steve Van Zandt, or 'Little Steven', is so captivated by Norway's music scene that he set up a record label just to sign up Norwegian bands.   So far he's signed up four, the most famous being the all-girl punk outfit Cocktail Slippers. 
"Who knows why but Scandinavia is the rock ’n’ roll capital of the modern world," he maintains. 
This month saw Oslo pop duo Nico & Vinz reach number four on the US charts, the second year in a row a Norwegian act has hit the Billboard top ten.  Last year, Ylvis's YouTube smash The Fox peaked at number six. 
But how has Norway gone down among international rock acts. Not always so well, judging by Half Man Half Biscuit's sweary diatribe, Stavanger Töestub (with its confusing Swedish accent), or by Velvet Underground founder John Cale's song about escaping the country, or indeed by Of Montreal's description of sleepless summer nights.
Norwegian bands, on the other hand, tend to dismiss Oslo as a small-town backwater.  Somehow, though, it all adds up to some pretty good music. 

LOOK AND LISTEN: Ten Great Songs about Norway