Arctic Monkeys debut at number one on the Official Albums Chart

by Martin

Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys only released their latest album ‘AM’ on Monday but already it’s shot to the top of the Official Albums Chart and has even managed to set a new record.

According to The Official Charts Company the Arctic Monkeys fifth studio album is also their fifth consecutive album to debut at Number (1) in the Official Albums Chart – the first indie-released band to achieve this in British chart history.

‘AM’ gives frontman Alex Turner his sixth consecutive album at Number 1 when his side project The Last Shadow Puppets also debuted at Number 1 in 2008.

Information released by The Official Charts Company shows that more than 157,000 copies of ‘AM’ have been sold in the UK over the past week. ‘AM’ is now the second fastest selling album of the year so far behind ‘Random Access Memories’ by Daft Punk which in its first week on sale sold 165,000 copies in May.


Official Charts Company Chief Executive Martin Talbot commented: “Congratulations to the unstoppable Arctic Monkeys and all at Domino Records,”

“Scoring a fifth Official Number 1 studio album in a row is an exceptional achievement.”

Elsewhere in the Top 5 this week, London Grammar have scored this weeks second highest new entry with ‘If You Wait’ which is at Number (2).

The 1975 whose self titled debut album topped the charts last week are down two places into Number (3) today while with ‘Tales Of Us’ by Goldfrapp is new in at Number (4).


The Official Albums Chart Top 5 this week is completed by Irish band The Strypes whose debut album ‘Snapshot’ enters at Number (5).

Looking at new entries this week there are a total of six other new entries in addition to Arctic Monkeys, London Grammar, Goldfrapp and The Strypes.

The Weeknd (also known as Abel Tesfaye) enters the chart this week with ‘Kiss Land’ which is the follow up to last years ‘Trilogy’ album is in at Number (12) this week.

The Clash’s new Best of Collection ‘The Clash Hits Back’ is in at Number (13) this week while ‘The Electric’ by Janelle Monae debuts at Number (14) this week.

New entries this week are completed by ‘Rarities’ by Rod Stewart at Number (35) and the soundtrack for Doctor Who’s Series 7 by Murray Gold is at Number (37).

Rounding off the Top 40 on the Official Albums Chart this week is ‘Liquid Spirit’ by US jazz vocalist Gregory Porter.

Listen to ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ by the Arctic Monkeys below.