Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys

Biography

Arctic Monkeys (formed 2002)
Arctic Monkeys are an English indie rock band from Sheffield, hailed as one of the first bands to use social media to gain mainstream attention, and best known for their first single 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor'.

Formation: In 2001, both Alex Turner and Jamie Cook received guitars for Christmas and proceeded to teach themselves how to play. The formed the band with school friends Andy Nicholson, Matt Helders and Glyn Jones, however Jones left soon after the formation. The Artic Monkeys performed their first gig at The Grapes in Sheffield. As they began to manufacture demo CDs, their fan base set up a MySpace account - without notifying the band. A photographer from Sheffield, Mark Bull, filmed one of the live performances from the band and aired 'Fake Tales of San Francisco' on his own website. On 30th May 2005, the Artic Monkeys released their debut single, 'Five Minutes with Arctic Monkey', which featured a rerecording of 'Fake Tales of San Francisco' and 'From the Ritz to the Rubble' as a B-Side. The release led to them appearing at Reading Festival on one of the smaller stages, yet they drew in a huge crowd and the band were signed to Domino Records in June 2005.

Career: Following the signing of their record deal, The Arctic Monkeys released 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor' on 14th October 2005, and debuted at the top of the UK singles chart. They followed up this success with the release of 'When The Sun Goes Down' on 16th January 2006. This second single received similar success as their previous entry. On 23rd January 2006, The Artic Monkeys released 'Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not'. The album received universal acclaim and topped the UK album charts and Billboard's Independent album charts. On 18th April 2007, the Artic Monkeys released their second studio album, 'Favourite Worst Nightmare'. Once again, the album received glowing reviews and reached the seventh spot on Billboard's 200 list. The band then embarked on a world tour, which was recorded and released on 3rd November 2008 as 'At the Apollo' which was largely well received. The Arctic Monkey's third studio album, 'Humbug', was released on 19th August 2009. While the album received universal glowing reviews, it dropped to number 15 on Billboard's 200 - however it still topped the US Independent Albums charts and came fourth on the US Top Alternative Albums charts. As with all previous entrees, it topped the UK albums chart. Between January and February 2011, the Arctic Monkeys got to work recording material for their fourth studio album. On its release on 6th June 2011, 'Suck It and See' performed just as well as their previous efforts, with high praise and good charting. When their fifth studio album, 'AM' was released on 6th September 2013, it topped 15 album charts worldwide - four of which were part of Billboard's Independent and Alternative charts. It also reached the sixth spot on Billboard's 200.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Matt Helders From Arctic Monkeys Is Planning To Go Solo


Arctic Monkeys Matt Helders

The latest member of Arctic Monkeys to decide to embark on a solo venture is drummer and vocalist Matt Helders. He's currently working on a new album, but he plans to make a name for himself before he introduces it to the world because he's determined to earn his place as a soloist.

Arctic Monkeys at the Grammy AwardsArctic Monkeys at the Grammy Awards

The 31-year-old Sheffield musician has worked on a few projects outside of Arctic Monkeys in the past, most notably Iggy Pop's 'Post Pop Depression' which came out in 2016. But there's a lot more he wants to do before he decides to go it alone. 

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Arctic Monkeys at day 1 of Way Out West Festival 2018 held at Slottsskogen in Sweden. Headliners at the event included Arctic Monkeys, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop and St. Vincent - Gothenburg, Sweden - Thursday 9th August 2018

Arctic Monkeys and Alex Turner
Arctic Monkeys and Alex Turner
Arctic Monkeys and Alex Turner
Arctic Monkeys and Alex Turner
Arctic Monkeys and Alex Turner
Arctic Monkeys and Alex Turner

The 2018 Mercury Prize Nominees Are Revealed


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Arctic Monkeys have become the joint second most-nominated artist in the history of The Mercury Prize, with their sixth studio album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino landing them their fourth nod as the 2018 shortlist was announced this morning.

Revealed on BBC Radio 6’s mid-morning show on Thursday (July 26th), Arctic Monkeys join PJ Harvey with four career nominations, both behind Radiohead’s five. The Sheffield-based group won in 2006 for their debut Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, while Harvey is the only artist to have ever won the Mercury Prize twice (in 2001 and 2011).

They are joined on the 2018 shortlist by a couple of other second-time nominees. Everything Everything received a nod for their fourth record A Fever Dream, as did Wolf Alice for a second consecutive time with sophomore album Visions of a Life. Florence and the Machine’s fourth record High As Hope was also nominated, giving lead singer Florence Welch the third nomination of her career.

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Ticket Touts Using 'Bots' Now Liable To Unlimited Fines


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Ticket touts who use automated software known as ‘bots’ in order to gobble up huge amounts of tickets to sell on at inflated prices now face the potential of unlimited fines under new British laws enacted today.

Over the last couple of years, major artists such as Ed Sheeran, Arctic Monkeys and Iron Maiden have been publicising the issue of so-called ‘secondary ticketing’, where unscrupulous use sites like Viagogo or StubHub to re-sell tickets at enormous mark-ups for popular events which sell out in seconds because of the software that allows them to buy huge numbers of tickets in one go.

The change in the law was announced by the British government back in January this year and comes into force on Thursday (July 5th), and those found to be using ‘bot’ software are liable to unlimited fines by British courts.

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Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner Talks About Politics In Music And Tax Avoidance Controversy


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Arctic Monkeys’ lead singer Alex Turner has spoken about the role that politics play in the band’s work, as well as reflect on the past controversy they became tangling in regarding a tax avoidance scheme.

The Sheffield-based group released their sixth studio album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino just over a week ago, which raced to the top of the UK charts and became the fastest selling vinyl album in 25 years, selling 24,500 copies.

However, their huge fanbase has been split by the sonic departure of the new record from that of previous efforts, with all the songs based around the piano and with Turner’s lyrics abstractly touching on politics, society and technology.

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Arctic Monkeys Add New Dates To UK Tour After Tickets Sell Out Rapidly


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Arctic Monkeys have been forced to add a slew of extra dates to their upcoming 2018 UK tour after tickets for the originally announced concerts sold out in less than an hour when they went on sale this morning.

The British band announced their sixth studio album, titled Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, last week to rapturous reception from their huge fanbase, who have waited nearly five years for a follow-up to their last album AM. The new album will be released on May 11th.

Tickets went on sale for the tour on Friday morning (April 13th) at 09:00, but many disappointed fans discovered that every date was sold out within a matter of minutes.

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Arctic Monkeys To Embark On 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino' UK Tour


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Less than a week after announcing their forthcoming brand new album, Arctic Monkeys have announced the first set of UK and Ireland arena dates for their supporting tour which will begin this Fall. Tickets are set to go on sale later this week, and they have also announced a special guest for the dates.

Arctic Monkeys to embark on their 2018 UK TourArctic Monkeys to embark on their 2018 UK Tour

The band will be joined by opening act The Lemon Twigs on the new run, which follows their North American arena dates, festival appearances and European performances beginning this Spring. 

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Arctic Monkeys Confirm Release Date Of New Album 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino'


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The long wait for a new Arctic Monkeys album will shortly be over, with the British band returning after a break of nearly five years with their sixth studio album, titled Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino, which will be released next month.

The Sheffield-based group announced on Thursday afternoon to their fans on Twitter that the new album will be released on May 11th, via Domino Records. It has been produced by lead singer Alex Turner and long-term collaborator James Ford, who has worked on every one of the band’s albums since 2007’s sophomore effort Favourite Worst Nightmare.

A press release soon after the big reveal said that Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino “finds the band intent on continuing to explore new musical terrain” and “ups the ante in a big way”.

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Arctic Monkeys Announced As TRNSMT 2018 Headliner


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More than three years since they completed their tour for their last album 'AM', Arctic Monkeys will be making a live comeback by headlining Scotland's TRNSMT festival this summer. Tickets for the event are on sale this week, though only 23 acts have been announced thus far.

Arctic Monkeys performing at Reading FestivalArctic Monkeys performing at Reading Festival

The Sheffield indie four-piece will be at the top of the bill for the first Sunday (July 1st 2018) of TRNSMT Festival, which is set to be held at Glasgow Green over two weekends. They'll be joined by the likes of Blossoms, Interpol, Nothing But Thieves, Declan McKenna, Miles Kane and Tom Grennan.

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Arctic Monkeys To Headline Firefly Festival For First Live Show In Four Years


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Arctic Monkeys are to bring an end to their lengthy hiatus after announcing their first live performance in four years at 2018’s edition of Firefly Festival in America.

The British band, who have not released an album since 2013’s masterful AM, have been confirmed as one of Firefly’s four headlining acts, alongside Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and The Killers. The seventh edition of the festival is to take place in The Woodlands of Delaware from June 14th-17th.

Other major acts on the bill include MGMT, Martin Garrix, SZA, Vance Joy, Alt-J, Royal Blood and a DJ set from Beastie Boys’ Mike D. Tickets for the four-day festival are going on sale on January 12th.

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Alex Turner , Arctic Monkeys - Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys pictured arriving at the Radio 2 studio at BBC Western House - London, United Kingdom - Monday 25th January 2016

Alex Turner and Arctic Monkeys
Alex Turner and Arctic Monkeys
Alex Turner and Arctic Monkeys
Alex Turner and Arctic Monkeys
Alex Turner and Arctic Monkeys
Alex Turner and Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys - A variety of stars from the music industry all turned out in style to attend the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 9th February 2015

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Pink Floyd And David Bowie Help Boost UK Vinyl Sales Past The One Million Mark For The First Time In Nearly Two Decades


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It seems that vinyl is once again back in fashion (thanks hipsters). This year, vinyl sales in the UK have passed the one million mark for the first time since 1996, according to the Official Charts Company. Albums by veterans Pink Floyd and David Bowie have helped boost sales of the format, which achieved the one million milestone last weekend.

Pink Floyd the endless river artPink Floyd's The Endless River has helped boost vinyl sales in the UK

Currently David Bowie’s new best of collection, Nothing Has Changed, holds the top spot on the vinyl chart replacing last week’s number one Pink Floyd’s The Endless River.

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Arctic Monkeys, Alex Turner and Alexa Chung Sunday 12th February 2012 Arctic Monkeys star Alex Turner engages in a very public display of affection with a beautiful redhead as he arrives at LAX Airport. The mystery woman planted a big kiss on the rocker after jumping into his arms and wrapping her legs around him after he entered the arrivals hall. Turner split from TV personality Alexa Chung in 2011

Arctic Monkeys, Alex Turner and Alexa Chung
Arctic Monkeys, Alex Turner and Alexa Chung
Arctic Monkeys, Alex Turner and Alexa Chung
Arctic Monkeys, Alex Turner and Alexa Chung
Arctic Monkeys, Alex Turner and Alexa Chung
Arctic Monkeys, Alex Turner and Alexa Chung

Arctic Monkeys Wednesday 7th July 2010 Press Photo

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