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Arctic Monkeys Biography


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Birth Place: Sheffield, England, UK
Years Active: 2002–present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Post-punk Revival


Arctic Monkeys is an English indie rock band. Formed in 2002 in High Green, a suburb of Sheffield, the band currently consists of Alex Turner (lead vocals, lead guitar), Jamie Cook (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Nick O'Malley (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Matt Helders (drums, percussion, backing vocals). Former members include Andy Nicholson (bass guitar, backing vocals) and Glyn Jones (lead vocals, rhythm guitar).

Their debut album, “Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not,” released in early 2006, became the fastest-selling debut album in British music history, surpassing Oasis' “Definitely Maybe” and remains the fastest-selling debut album for a band in the United Kingdom. It peaked at #1 on the U.K. Albums chart and #24 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. It has since gone 4x platinum in the U.K. The album included both tracks from the band's original EP, “Five Minutes with Arctic Monkeys,” as well as their first two singles and #1 U.K. hits “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” and “When the Sun Goes Down.”

The band's second album, “Favourite Worst Nightmare,” was released in 2007. It, like their debut album, entered at #1 on the U.K. Albums chart where it was certified 2x platinum. It peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200 and featured the U.K. Top 20 singles, “Brianstorm,” “Fluorescent Adolescent” and “Teddy Picker.”

“Humbug,” the band’s third album, was released in 2009 and again peaked at #1 on the U.K. Albums chart while also reaching #15 on the Billboard 200. The lead single, “Crying Lightning,” peaked at #12 in the U.K.

Their fourth album, “Suck It and See” was released in 2011 and became their fourth consecutive #1 album on the U.K. Albums chart. It peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200 and featured the U.K. Top 30 single, “Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair.”