Watch your back, Justin Bieber, Madonna, Green Day, Dave Matthews Band, Pink and No Doubt.Mumford & Sons’ latest album “Babel” just beat out all of the above performers to win the biggest release of any album so far this year.
The British folk-rock band’s sophomore album sold a whopping 600,000 units in its first week alone and skyrocketed to the top of the Billboard charts—despite overall album sales being down 4.6 per cent in 2012.
In comparison, Bieber’s new “Believe” album sold 359,000 copies in its first week, while Madonna’s “MDNA” sold 374,000 copies.
Mumford’s latest album’s digital sales were also surprisingly high, selling more than 400,000 downloads—which is the second-largest amount ever for a digital release behind Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” with 662,000 downloads.
But Mumford is blowing up more than just the Billboard chart, the new tunes were also streamed more than eight million times on Spotify, according to USA Today.
And according to E! Online, “‘Babel’ is the biggest rock album since AC/DC’s ‘Black Ice’ reigned in the top spot in November 2008 and the leading indie debut of 2012, coming as it did on Sony’s Red Distribution label.”
Mumford & Sons’ 2010 debut album “Sigh No More” has yet to leave the charts since its debut and has since sold 2.5 million copies.
But fellow Brit Adele still holds the top title for overall sales, as she sold 700,000 copies of her 2011 album “21” just in the seven days after the Grammy Awards in February.
“Like Adele, who defied being pigeon-holed in that she was charting on pop, adult alternative and even urban [formats], Mumford come from the same wheelhouse,” Jim Donio, president of music trade association NARM told The Hollywood Reporter. “Stylistically, they both appeal to a variety of tastes.”
It’s been a busy year for the band, who, in addition to being on tour, saw their lead singer Marcus Mumford marry actress Carey Mulligan in April.
Watch Mumford & Sons perform their new single “I Will Wait” off the “Babel” album at Red Rocks in September:
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