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A ROCK DUO has claimed their first number one album with the fastest selling British rock debut in three years.

The Sussex rock stars Royal Blood topped this week's official album chart with their self-titled first record - selling nearly 66,000 in the past seven days.

They managed to snatch the highest tally of sales for a British rock debut since Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds in October 2011.

The duo, bassist and singer Mike Kerr, from Worthing, and drummer Ben Thatcher, from Chichester, have enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top following their formation last year.

The band said: “We cannot believe it. Thank you to everyone that pre-ordered and bought our album this week. It has totally blown our minds - number one.”

Their chart success this week doesn't stop at a Number One album, with their single Little Monster also dominating pole position on the Rock & Metal Singles Chart.

In a previous interview with The Argus Mr Kerr explained the album was recorded as it was played live - with no overdubs used in order to capture their raw, garage-inspired sound.

They have grown in popularity with every single and have just come off the back of a string of summer festival sets including Download, Glastonbury, T in the Park and Reading and Leeds.

They also were handpicked by British rock icons the Arctic Monkeys to support them at their sell-out Finsbury Park shows in May.

The band have received open support from the Sheffield-based indie rockers - with drummer Matt Hedlers sporting a Royal Blood t-shirt during their headline set at Glastonbury festival last year.

The band was highlighted at the start of the year as the BBC's Sound of 2014 and are about to begin the United States leg of their world tour.

In the wake their success the band has announced their latest tour, which sees them take to the stage at venues in London and Portsmouth this autumn.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday and can be purchased from www.royalbloodband.com/gigs.