Arctic Monkeys on course for massive-selling album

Fans rush to buy 'Favourite Worst Nightmare'

Arctic Monkeys‘ new album ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’ is set to become the biggest selling LP of 2007 so far after shifting over 85,000 copies on its first day.

The LP, which was released yesterday (April 23), is currently outselling the Top 20 combined, and is on course to shift over 250,000 copies by the end of the week.

HMV spokesperson Gennaro Castaldo said: “It was always going to be next to impossible to match or beat the phenomenal first day sales of ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ (the band’s 2006 debut LP) but coming this close is a fantastic result which underlines the band’s status as the UK’s number one rock act.

“People are buying this album not because of the media hype, but because it’s had great reviews and they can’t wait to hear it.”

‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ became the fastest selling album in chart history after it clocked up 363,735 copies in its first week.

The band now look certain to overtake Kaiser Chiefs, whose album ‘Yours Truly, Angry Mob’ sold 151,000 copies in its first week of release last month.

For more on Arctic Monkeys get this week’s NME for a full exclusive interview with the band.