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Arctic Monkeys Celebrate Number One With Chaotic Hometown Show
Stage diving and a new song as the group play a tiny venue

Arctic Monkeys have celebrated their second UK Number One single in style with a hometown gig in Sheffield.

The low-key gig at the Sheffield Leadmill (January 22) was the same evening the band found out their latest single 'When The Sun Goes Down' had gone straight to the top of the charts - their second successive Number One single.

At the show, which also serves as a warm-up for their appearance on this week's ShockWaves NME Awards Tour, the band opened with both singles in succession.

From the stage singer Alex Turner looked amazed as the crowd sang back every word to the first verse of 'When The Sun Goes Down' - something which then happened with every song.

"I don't know if you know but we've got a CD coming out tomorrow," he smiled, before adding, "you've all fucking got it anyway!" in reference to the fact that the album leaked online earlier this month.

As well as showcasing tracks from debut album 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not', the band also found time to debut one brand new song titled 'Leave Before The Lights Come On'.

In the run-up to the show tickets for the gig were changing hands for hundreds of pounds, and many fans were left stranded outside, unable to get into the 800 capacity venue.

At one point in the performance Turner asked for the doors to be opened so the people outside could hear the music.

The gig, which was watched by the band's family and friends, ended with 'A Certain Romance', with Turner stage diving into the crowd.

The setlist ran: 'When The Sun Goes Down'
'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor'
'View From The Afternoon'
'Still Take You Home'
'You Probably Couldn't See For The Lights But You Were Looking Straight At Me'
'Bigger Boys And Stolen Sweethearts'
'Dancing Shoes'
'From The Ritz To The Rubble'
'Perhaps Vampires Is A Bit Strong But...'
'Leave Before The Lights Come On'
'Mardy Bum'
'Fake Tales Of San Francisco'
'A Certain Romance'

After the gig record stores in the city opened their doors at midnight to start selling copies of the album as soon as possible.

Source: NME
23 Jan 2006

When The Sun Goes Down Hits Number One!
Arctic Monkeys knocked Shayne Ward off the top spot after five weeks with their second release "When The Sun Goes Down". This makes it two in a row for Arctic Monkeys after their first release "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" also hit the top spot after receiving very little to no media press back in October 2005.

As well as knocking off Shayne Ward, Arctic Monkeys beat new releases from Notorious B.I.G, Will Young and Beyoncé to storm the charts.

Meanwhile, "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" is still in the charts at #23. The top 10 list is as follows:

1. Arctic Monkeys - When The Sun Goes Down

2. Notorious BIG / P Diddy / Nelly - Nasty Girl

3. Will Young - All Time Love

4. Beyonce Ft Slim Thug - Check On it

5. Shayne Ward - That's My Goal

6. Nizlopi - JCB Song

7. Sunblock - I'll Be Ready

8. Hi-tack - Say Say Say (Waiting 4 U)

9. Richard Ashcroft - Break The Night With Colour

10. Son Of Dork - Eddie's Song

Along with making it to number one in the singles chart, Arctic Monkeys look set to do the same next week with the release of debut album "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not"... And maybe the single will retain it's position too!
22 Jan 2006

Monkeys Set For Fastest Selling Album
The Arctic Monkeys' first record could become the fastest-selling debut rock album since records began, according to experts.

The band release 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not' on Monday (January 23). Retailer HMV claim that their pre-oders suggest demand is the highest for any debut rock act since the release of Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe' in August 1994.

The album could sell up to 200,000 in its first week. Chart expert Gennaro Castaldo said: "We might be entering the Chinese Year of the dog, but as far as the Music Industry is concerned 2006 is very much the 'year of the monkey'. We haven't seen this level of excitement for a new artist since the Britpop-heralding arrival of Oasis more than 10 years ago.

"There has been a great vibe around the Arctic Monkeys for quite a few months now, but it usually takes much longer for a band to develop mainstream appeal and the commercial success that comes with it. The Arctic Monkeys seem to have managed this in just one leap - it's amazing how much impact they have had in such a short time."

The band's second single, 'When the Sun Goes Down', looks set to go to Number One this Sunday (January 22).

Source: NME
20 Jan 2006

Arctic Monkeys Reveal New Material!
And the first album hasn't even been released.

Arctic Monkeys have been speaking about new material - before their debut album has even been released.

Despite the massive hysteria around them, the Sheffield lads have been finding time to lay down some new tracks in recent weeks.

One track is the follow-up to album track 'Mardy Bum', as frontman Alex Turner explains: "It's called 'Do Me A Favour' which I played to a friend and he's right proper gone for it. It's the further adventures of the girl in 'Mardy Bum' - my ex".

Speaking about other material, Alex continued to The Star: "There's one that might be called 'Three Episodes Where Someone Else Got In The Way'. I can't decide if that's wank or not yet.”

"And 'I Wish You Would Have Smiled In The Bakery'. I’m looking forward to that 'un”

Source: Gigwise
20 Jan 2006

A Message Regarding Album Title/Daily Sun...
On behalf of all the Arctic Monkeys fans, namely those who reside at the band's Official Forum, We would like to say thank you for finding out the origin's of the new Arctic Monkeys album....5 WEEKS LATE!

As reported in the Daily Sun two days ago, the new album title "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not" is a quote taken from the movie "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning" but unfortunately, The Sun weren't the first to discover this, as both they and NME claimed.

The good old Arctic Monkeys faithful at the official forum discovered months ago that the title was from the movie and they go without due credit.

keep it up, fans.
20 Jan 2006


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