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Last Updated: Friday, 27 April 2007, 08:34 GMT 09:34 UK
Monkeys head for chart domination
Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys have won three Brit awards and five NME Awards
The Arctic Monkeys are on course to dominate the UK singles chart with a possible 18 songs in the top 200.

Internet downloads now count towards the official UK chart and the 12 tracks from new album Favourite Worst Nightmare are expected to be included.

The release of their second album this week has also sparked renewed interest in their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not.

Several tracks from that album are also expected to make the top 200 singles.

The band from Sheffield already have 10 tracks from their latest album in the top 75 and one other in the top 120, according to music chain HMV.

The first single from their second album, Brianstorm, jumped from 11 to number two on Sunday, and is expected to remain in the top five this week.

Beatles hey-day

"The Arctic Monkeys are currently on course to have a total of 18 songs in the top 200 when the next official UK charts are announced on Sunday," said HMV spokesman Gennaro Castaldo.

"You'd probably have to go back to the hey-day of the Beatles in the early-mid sixties to find anything that could come close to matching this record," he added.

The Arctic Monkeys sold 85,000 copies of Favourite Worst Nightmare on its first day in the shops on Monday, putting it on course to be the year's fastest-selling new release.

Music chain HMV said Favourite Worst Nightmare outsold the rest of the top 20 albums combined on Monday.

The album is likely to surpass the 151,000 one-week sales recorded by the Kaiser Chiefs in February, HMV said.

But it will not match the first Arctic Monkeys album, which sold 360,000 copies in its first week last year.

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