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Once is the fifth studio album by Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, and is notable for being their last to feature Tarja Turunen as a lead vocalist. It is also Nightwish’s first album featuring the London Philharmonic Orchestra, which has since been featured on every subsequent album.

As of 2013, Once was credited as Nightwish’s most successful album to date, having sold 2.3 million copies worldwide. Four singles were released from the album – “Nemo,” “Wish I Had an Angel,” “Kuolema Tekee Taiteilijan” (only released in Finland and Japan), and “The Siren.”

Including its music videos, the album cost nearly €1,000,000 to create, making it Finland’s most expensive recording ever until the release of Nightwish’s following album, Dark Passion Play, costing over €500,000 to produce.

The album cover depicts a view of the Angel of Grief or Weeping Angel, a sculpture by William Wetmore Story. The original sculpture is located in the Protestant Cemetery of Rome, Italy.

On January 5th 2013, a Nightwish forum member found that the alleged Lakota language spoken in “Creek Mary’s Blood” is actually spoken gibberish, and thus stated that John Two-Hawks was fraudulent.

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