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Arctic Monkeys follow-up set to become year's fastest seller

Arctic Monkeys

Story by Jack Foley

FAVOURITE Worst Nightmare, the second album from the Arctic Monkeys, sold 85,000 copies on its first day in shops, putting it on course to become the year’s fastest-selling new release.

According to HMV, the sophomore album outsold the rest of the top 20 albums combined on Monday (its first day of release) and looks set to beat the 151,000 first-week sales achieved by the year’s previous biggest hit, Yours Truly, Angry Mob, by Kaiser Chiefs.

However, it isn’t expected to match the success of the first Arctic Monkeys album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, which sold 360,000 copies in its first week last year.

That included 118,501 on its first day alone and catapulted the album into the record books.

Gennaro Castaldo, a spokesman for HMV, told the BBC: “It was always going to be next to impossible to match or beat the phenomenal day-one sales of Whatever People Say…, which proved to be one of the media stories of 2006, but coming this close is a fantastic result, which underlines the band’s status as the UK’s number rock act.”

Virgin Retail also reported “fantastic sales” of Favourite Worst Nightmare, and pointed out that it was outselling nearest rival The Best Damn Thing from Avril Lavigne, by almost 10 to one.