Thanks to the new rule governing the UK charts that counts single-song downloads alongside “proper” single releases–and the fact that the singles charts across the pond count 200 tracks, instead of the States’ paltry 100–the Arctic Monkeys are on the cusp of making chart history once again. Every song from the NME darlings’ new album, Favourite Worst Nightmare, is set to make its mark on the UK singles chart:
The midweek sales figures show that 10 tracks from Favourite Worst Nightmare, released this Monday, are already in the top 75, while the remaining two – The Bad Thing and If You Were There, Beware – are at 77 and 114 respectively.
If the chart placings hold until the weekend, the Monkeys will claim the record for the most tracks on the chart at any one time. They could have as many as 18 in the top 200 thanks to the reappearance of other tracks from the band’s earlier releases, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not and the EP Who the Fuck are the Arctic Monkeys? It is also the first time a band has ever had an entire album feature in the singles chart.
Meanwhile, in the States, the “Brianstorm” single also topped the singles sales charts–although we’re guessing that it’s thanks to it being one of the few physical singles available, since it only needed a sales tally of 900. Still, it’s baby steps, right?
Arctic Monkeys head for new chart record [Guardian Music]