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Arctic Monkeys storm to top of album charts

Arctic Monkeys

Story by Jack Foley

WE probably didn’t have to tell you this but the Arctic Monkeys’ second album, Favourite Worst Nightmare, has debuted at the top of the album chart.

The band expected to score the best-selling album of the year so far even though sales of the sophomore album failed to match the record-breaking figures of their debut.

That said, Favourite Worst Nightmare shifted an estimated 85,000 copies on its first day of sale in shops and helped the band to dominate Sunday’s singles chart thanks to new download rules that make every track eligible for a position.

Lead single Brianstorm may have slipped from two to seven in the Top 10 but the album’s 11 other tracks all landed inside the top 200 on downloads alone.

And renewed interest in their debut album Whatever People Say I am, That’s What I’m Not helped to propel a further six Arctic Monkeys songs into the chart – although the album itself failed to break back into the Top 40.

Commenting on the band’s domination, Gennaro Castaldo of HMV told the BBC: “You’d probably have to go back to the hey-day of The Beatles in the early-mid ’60s to find anything that could come close to matching this.”

As Britain’s music-buying population rushed out in their masses to get a hold of the new album, those interested in keeping their singles collection up to date opted to keep Beyonce and Shakira at the top of the charts with Beautiful Liar.

Returning Scottish act Travis registered a climb of 26 places with their “comeback” song Closer and the Manic Street Preachers made their debut at number 26 with Your Love Alone Is Not Enough on downloads alone (the single is released physically on Monday, April 30).