As expected, Mumford & Sons has earned the No. 1 spot on this week's chart with a whopping 600,000 sold of their sophomore release, Babel. The title now stands as the highest debut this year, passing Justin Bieber's Believe at 374,000.
It is the rock quartet's first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Compare this release to last week's No. 1, Pink's Truth About Love at 280,000. It's also the first No. 1 for Mumford & Sons' record label, Glassnote Records.
This also marks the biggest sales week for a Rock Album since 2008 when AC/DC's Black Ice bowed at No. 1 with 784,000 on the Nov. 8, 2008 chart.
"I Will Wait," the lead single off Babel, also moves up to No. 1 on the Rock Songs airplay chart this week, according to Billboard.
Adele's 21 currently holds the record for best overall sales week of 2012 with 730,000 sold in the week after Adele's multiple Grammy Award wins this year.
UPDATE: Mumford & Sons also broke a Spotify record this week, as users in the U.S. alone enjoyed the album “around eight million times” in its first seven days of release. Ken Parks, Spotify’s chief content officer confirmed that the album broke the site’s previous record three times over, and that one out of every ten Spotify users in the U.S. had listened to at least one track from Babel.blog comments powered by Disqus