Arctic Monkeys have achieved the fastest-selling debut album in British chart history, opening at No. 1 yesterday (Jan. 29) thanks to sales of 360,000 copies of "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" (Domino). That comfortably exceeded the 306,000 sales achieved by pop act Hear'Say with its 2001 debut album, "Popstars."
Former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft introduced his upcoming album, "Keys to the World," Wednesday night with a performance at London's Mermaid Theater, supported both by his own band and by the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft will release his third solo album early next year. "Keys to the World" is due Jan. 23 in the United Kingdom via Parlophone, preceded on Jan. 9 by the single "Break the Night With Colour."