Popular English indie rock band Arctic Monkeys have made history, as their fifth studio album, titled simply ‘AM’ managed to debut at number one, making them the only independent group whose first five records have gone to the top of the charts. Their success surpasses that of another British band, Blur, who also managed to score five consecutive number one albums, but their run began with their third album ‘Parklife’, released in 1994 and ended with the group no longer being signed to an indie label.

Arctic Monkeys' fifth album AM debuts at number one

The ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor’ musicians’ closest competitors are probably Stereophonics, who also claimed five consecutive number one albums, however, their run started with their second release, ‘Performance and Cocktails, in 1999. The chief executive of the Official Charts Company, Martin Talbot said that Arctic Monkeys’ run is an amazing achievement, while the NME editor Mike Williams stated that their latest album, ‘AM’ is the most incredible album of their career so far.

A spokesperson from the Official Charts Company on Sunday, September 15, 2013 said, “It’s proof that you don’t have to be backed by a multinational to be successful. I guess it’s kind of the flip-side to the likes of the X Factor and The Voice.” ‘AM’ is also the second-fastest selling album of 2013, after Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’.

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