Is it still hype when they sell a ton of albums? Arctic Monkeys debut at Number One with "Whatever People Say I Am, That's Not What I Want," the fastest selling debut in UK history. Their album moved 363,735 copies. (The UK charts don't include legal downloads -- with those added in, they'd break 400,000.) Oasis hold the one-week record for selling 655,000 copies of "Be Here Now." The poor lads, they've gone from "bigger than Oasis" headlines to "bigger than the Beatles." Absurd, but a brief listen to the CD is very encouraging.
On the album chart, US act Fall Out Boy is breaking through, along with the superior Clap Your Hands, Say Yeah. But the real shocker is on the singles chart, where A-ha of all people is back in the Top Ten with "Analogue (AQll I Want)."