Arctic Monkeys set for fastest-selling rock debut album

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Arctic Monkeys set for fastest-selling rock debut album

Postby arctic » Fri Jan 20, 2006 8:49 pm

The Arctic Monkeys album is set to become the fastest-selling rock debut since records began, according to industry experts.

Whatever You Say That I Am, That’s What I’m Not is released on Monday.

HMV reports pre-orders of the album are the highest for any new rock act since Oasis released Definitely Maybe in 1994.

The store predicts it will outsell the Oasis debut by shifting up to 200,000 copies in its first week.

Gennaro Castaldo of HMV 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.â€
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