Arctic Monkeys Racing to No. 1 on U.K. Albums Chart

Arctic Monkeys
Zackery Michael

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys are swinging to a sixth U.K. albums chart title with their latest release, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino (Domino).

The alternative rock group's new set amassed 66,000 combined chart sales in the three days after its release last Friday (May 11), according to the Official Charts Company, with physical copies accounting for two thirds of the total. 

The Sheffield four-piece has ruled the chart with all five of their previous studio sets, starting with their explosive 2006 effort Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, which became the fastest-selling debut album in British chart history with 360,000 first-week sales.

Tranquility has a comfortable lead over the Greatest Showman (Atlantic) soundtrack, which slips 2-1 on the Official Albums Chart Update. With Tranquility dominating the midweek chart, three more Arctic Monkeys albums return to the top 40: AM (at No. 11), Whatever People Say I Am (No. 20) and Favourite Worst Nightmare (No.40).

In other action on the midweek survey, Charlie Puth is on track for a personal best with Voicenotes (Atlantic), new at No. 3; guitarist Ry Cooder is aiming for his own career-best placing with The Prodigal Son (Fantasy Records), which opens at No. 8; and pop duo Beach House could snag their first top 10 with their seventh album, 7 (Bella Union), which starts at No. 9.

On the midweek singles chart, Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris’ “One Kiss” (Columbia/Warner Bros) is settling in for a fifth week at No. 1, as Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left To Cry” (Republic) rises 3-1 and Childish Gambino’s buzzy “This is America” (MCDJ Recording/RCA) vaults into the top 10.

A trio of Eurovision songs could impact the chart. The U.K.'s representative, SuRie, is best-placed with “Storm” (MMP) at No. 32. If "Storm" holds firm, SuRie will become the first U.K. Eurovision entrant to crack the top 40 since 2012, when Molly's “Children of the Universe” peaked at No. 23 following the annual song contest. Netta, the 2018 Eurovision winner from Israel, is at No. 57 at the halfway stage with her winning song “Toy” (Tedy), and runner-up Eleni Foureira of Cyprus is at No. 72 with “Fuego” (Panik).

The Official U.K. Singles and Albums Charts are published Friday.


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