Arctic Monkey’s album due for massive sales

With their second single topping the chart yesterday, the debut Arctic
Monkeys album, out today, may be set to become the fastest selling debut in
recorded history. HMV say that preorders for ‘Whatever People Say I Am,
That’s What I’m Not’ suggest demand is higher for any debut rock LP since
the release of Oasis’ ‘Definitely Maybe’ back in 1994, and that the album
could sell as many as 200,000 in its first week. Which is kind of apt,
because back in October we quoted the Arctic Monkey’s James Cook, saying of
his ambitions for the band’s debut long player: “We want it to catch … the
live aspect of us. But we don’t want it to be messy, but we want it to be
powerful, like ‘Definitely Maybe’, that kinda sound”.

Regarding pre-release demand for the album, HMV’s expert on such things
Gennaro Castaldo said: “We might be entering the Chinese Year of the dog,
but as far as the music industry is concerned 2006 is very much the ‘year of
the monkey’. We haven’t seen this level of excitement for a new artist since
the Britpop-heralding arrival of Oasis more than 10 years ago. There has
been a great vibe around the Arctic Monkeys for quite a few months now, but
it usually takes much longer for a band to develop mainstream appeal and the
commercial success that comes with it. The Arctic Monkeys seem to have
managed this in just one leap – it’s amazing how much impact they have had
in such a short time.”

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