Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' biggest debut week of the year
October 3rd, 2012
11:07 AM ET

Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' biggest debut week of the year

There's no sign of a sophomore slump for rock group Mumford & Sons.

With their second album, "Babel," they've notched their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as well as the first No. 1 album for their record label, Glassnote Records.

And with 600,000 copies of "Babel" sold in the first week following its September 25 release, Mumford & Sons has the biggest debut sales week of the year.

The rockers even overcame Bieber fever, setting a new benchmark after pop star Justin Bieber's "Believe" sold 374,000 copies in its debut week in June. Until now, that album had the biggest debut sales week of the year, followed by Madonna's "MDNA" (359,000 sold) and Pink's "The Truth About Love," which, with 280,000 sold, also earned that artist her first No. 1.

But Mumford & Sons can't claim the largest overall sales week in 2012 - that title goes to Adele and her indomitable "21."

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  1. Sokman

    Should have named the album B00bel. Woulda sold a million more

    October 3, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. these kids

    are a bunch of nerds–the music is awful

    October 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joy

    great band

    October 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan

    cple of yrs?

    October 3, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joy

    Congrats to the Gentlemen of the Road! Wonderful music with intellectual lyrics. Love the soft and the loud and the silence. Great concert in Columbus OH!

    October 3, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dan

    thank you for today but remember shhhhh your too loud.

    October 3, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Marjorie


    October 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kevin

    They are the MOST talented musicians to come out recently. Went to their Gentlemen of the Road stopover this summer and let me tell you, the BEST concert I have been to hands down!

    October 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Marin...

    yes right

    October 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Shaina

    How nice for them. True talent reigns. Well that is until Taylor Swift drops her album and obliterates their record. But hey they can say they have the second highest debut week of the year 😛

    October 3, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |

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