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Arctic Monkeys make chart history with AM

Arctic Monkeys, AM

Story by Jack Foley

ARCTIC Monkeys have made history by becoming the first band signed to an independent label to see all five of their albums reach the top of the UK album charts.

Their fifth, AM, topped the charts this week (Sunday, September 15, 2013), after selling 157,000 copies.

Only Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories has had better first-week sales in 2013, shifting 165,000 copies in May, according to data released by the Official Charts Company.

In what has proved to be a huge week for the band, AM also made the shortlist for the coveted Mercury Music Prize where it is up against the likes of David Bowie’s The Next Day and Jake Bugg’s eponymous debut.

Arctic Monkeys are no strangers to UK album chart success. Their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not set a sales record in 2006 when it sold more than 363,735 copies in its first week on the shelves.

It remains the fastest-selling debut album by a band in UK chart history – although Susan Boyle sold more as a solo artist in 2009, when 411,820 people bought I Dreamed A Dream.

In the UK singles chart, meanwhile, Katy Perry stayed at the top for a second week with Roar.

Coldplay enjoyed the highest new entry, at 12, with Atlas – the theme to forthcoming blockbuster sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.