The Arctic Monkeys has reached No.1 on the UK charts for their sixth time in a row. Just like the band’s previous five records, Arctic Monkeys’ latest album, ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino,’ made the band No. 1 on the UK charts once again. Aside from letting the Arctic Monkeys keep its streak of being the UK chart-topper, the new album also broke a chart record.
Arctic Monkeys’ Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino sold 24,500 vinyl copies in a week, making it the fastest-selling vinyl LP of the past 25 years. The record was previously held by Liam Gallagher’s As You Were that was released in October 2017, which sold 16,000 in its first week.
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Arctic Monkeys have come a long way since the band was formed in 2002 at Sheffield, England. The Sheffield group has earned 86,000 combined chart sales since 2006. Their LP (Long Playing) albums are the most popular format among physical, digital, and streaming. Their five chart topper through the years are: 2006 debut ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’, follow up ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’, ‘Humbug’ (2009), ‘Suck It And See’ (2011), and ‘AM’ (2013) also debuted at the top of the UK album chart.
As for the album art, Alex Turner, lead vocalist of the Arctic Monkeys said, “The album artwork started from a picture that I saw of someone in the art department of 2001: A Space Odyssey, building the set for the Hilton on the moon. At this point, we’d already decided to call the album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino,’ so we began to think of things that may be in the lobby of this place.”
Alex Turner added, “The thing that I became most obsessed with that there was a model of the place inside the lobby. That’s where I focused most of my attention and time, not figuring out what the place itself looked like, but what the model of the place in the lobby would. I made the model. It’s made of illustration board with a bit of dowel for supports. I sat it on top of a tape machine. The tape on the machine sitting underneath has the album on it or an earlier version of it. This seemed to make it all make sense to me.”