Arctic Monkeys score fastest selling vinyl album in 25 years

Band shifted an impressive 86,000 album equivalent units last week

Arctic Monkeys - Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Arctic Monkeys have scored the fastest-selling vinyl album on vinyl in 25 years, according to the Official Charts Company.

The Sheffield band's new record Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino sold 24,000 copies on vinyl in its first week of release, beating a record previously held by Liam Gallagher, who sold 16,000 vinyl copies of his debut solo record As You Were.

Tranquility Base is also the Arctic's sixth consecutive number one album and the most popular across all formats last week, with 86,000 combined chart sales across physical, digital and streaming.

The album received mixed to positive reviews: Rolling Stone gave it two stars and described it as a "weird lounge music detour" while Pitchfork awarded it 8.1 out of 10 and called it a "totally bemusing and fascinating listen". The BBC described it as a "meandering, piano-driven, sci fi, jazz lounge record".

In The Independent's review, it was noted how the band had landed on something "creative, intriguing and completely different", with praise for frontman Alex Turner's songwriting and vocal work, along with the general bravery of such a drastic change of sound from their previous record AM.

Last month it was reported that UK record label revenue growth has returned to a level enjoyed during the Britpop era in 1995, with revenues from vinyl rising by 24 per cent.

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