Indie label Domino has linked with Warner Bros. for the April 24 release of breakthrough U.K. rock act the Arctic Monkeys’ sophomore album, “Favourite Worst Nightmare.” Billboard.com understands the arrangement is similar to Domino’s deal with Epic providing marketing and sales support for Franz Ferdinand, who hit big with its 2004 debut.
Distribution for the Monkeys disc will continue to be handled by ADA in the United States and Outside in Canada.
The band’s 2006 debut, “Whatever People Say That I Am, That’s What I’m Not,” was a runaway hit that became the fastest-selling debut album in British chart history when it shifted 360,000 copies in its first week.
In the U.S., it has sold nearly 300,000 copies to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The single “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” reached No. 7 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Chart.
The Monkeys will begin a U.K. tour April 9 in Southampton. North American dates begin April 27 at the Coachella festival in Indio, Calif.
Additional reporting by Gary Graff.