Arctic Monkeys hit record form

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The debut album by the Arctic Monkeys has sold almost 120,000 copies on its first day of release.

Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not had been estimated to shift 60,000 copies.

But the album almost doubled that with sales of 118,501 - outselling the rest of the top 20 album chart combined.

The album is on course to become the fastest-selling debut album in chart history. The record is held by Hearsay's debut Popstars, which sold 306,631 copies in its first week, in 2001. Chart experts say the Arctic Monkeys could sell more than 350,000.

The Sheffield band's record label, Domino, sent only 250,000 copies of the album to record stores - more will have to be supplied or shops will run out by the end of the week.

The album sold more in one day than the debut efforts from Kaiser Chiefs, Coldplay and Franz Ferdinand sold in their first week.

The group are number one in the singles chart with "When The Sun Goes Down".