Seemingly from nowhere, Daft Punk were the biggest band in the world. Stagnant for nearly a decade, they managed to concoct the catchiest song of all time, and suddenly their album was the soundtrack for the summer. But it isn’t summer anymore.

Arctic MonkeysReasons to smile - the Arctic Monkeys

The tan-drenched tones of autumn loom large, and the Arctic Monkeys have an altogether grumpier sound to accompany it.

With sales for the Sheffield outfit’s new album, AM – their fifth and possibly finest attempt at a record – hurtling towards the 100,000 mark, they could be in line to grab the ‘fastest selling album’ of the year gong. In fact, if the album continues to sell at this rate, it’ll outdo Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, which shifted 165,000 copies in its first week of release. (The Independent)

It’s fair to say The Arctic Monkeys are on a high; with their fifth album performing well both fiscally and critically - a rare course of events - and a Mercury Prize nomination handed to them yesterday, they’ve managed to outdo the buzz they created when they burst on the scene in 2006. They’ll face tough competition in the form of David Bowie, though, whose comeback has been received well.

Daft PunkThey could be smiling, we don't know - Daft Punk.

AM has proved to be the band’s most successful album. The rave reviews are matched only by the staggering sales, which, considering the ease at which people can pirate music is a fantastic achievement. With five albums notched up, they’ve clearly forged a loyal army of fans, who’ll be looking forward to their sixth recording with bated breath.