Arctic Monkeys Climb to Number One in U.K.

The Arctic Monkeys debut album seems to be living up to all the hype. Even with its unwieldy title, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, sold nearly 120,000 copies in its first day, according to the Associated Press. The Arctic Monkeys sold more albums in that twenty-four hour period than the rest of the top twenty combined. Two of the Arctic Monkeys singles, “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” and “When the Sun Goes Down,” have also topped British charts this year. The head of music for HMV, a chain with a good foothold in the U.K. market, said that the Arctic Monkeys were on their way to having the first million sold in 2006. Whatever People Say I Am comes out February 21 in the U.S. on Domino. If the U.K. sales are any indication, by the time the Monkeys come a-tourin’ in March, American fans will have whipped themselves into a Monkey-loving frenzy.

Arctic Monkeys tour dates:

3/13, San Francisco, CA (Great American Music Hall)
3/15, Los Angeles, CA (Henry Fonda Theatre)
3/17, Austin, TX (La Zona Rosa — SXSW)
3/18, Chicago, IL (Metro)
3/21, Toronto, ON (Phoenix Concert Theatre)
3/22, Montreal, QC (La Sala Rossa)
3/23, Boston, MA (Paradise Rock Club)
3/25, New York, NY (Webster Hall)
3/26, Philadelphia, PA (First Unitarian Church)
3/27, Washington, DC (9:30 Club)
3/29, Seattle, WA (Crocodile Café)

Arctic Monkeys official site

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