Arctic Monkeys’ latest release ‘Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino’ is on course to land their sixth successive number one album.
The Official Charts Company have announced that the Sheffield band are currently outselling the rest of the Top 20 combined and are comfortably on course to land the top spot.
‘Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino’, released last Friday, 11 May, has managed to shift 66,000 copies in just three days, with 67 per cent of copies sold on physical CD and vinyl formats.
Several tracks from the album have also entered the UK Top 40 singles chart including ‘Four Out of Five’ at number 12 and ‘Star Treatment’ currently at number 13.
The album follows five previous number one releases with ‘Whatever People Say’ (2006), ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’ (2007), ‘Humbug’ (2009), ‘Suck it and See’ (2011) and ‘AM’ (2013).
Last weekend a series of pop-up shops allowed fans to get their hands on limited edition albums and merchandise in a number cities, including Sheffield.
This week has also seen an activity spike for the band’s previous releases with their fifth album ‘AM’ back in the Top 20, along with their 2006 debut ‘Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not’.
‘Tranquility Base’ is arguably the band’s most eagerly awaited release to date, partly due to it being their first release since going on hiatus in 2014.
Despite this, the album has received mixed reviews from fans with some criticism of the new direction the band have taken.
Arctic Monkeys will be performing the songs from their new album live in the UK for the first time in July when they headline TRSMT Festival in Glasgow and will embark on a full UK headline tour in September.
The band will be playing Sheffield’s FlyDSA Arena on 6 and 7 September and will return for two additional dates on 18 and 19 September. Tickets for all four events have sold-out.