Mumford and Sons are about to have the best selling rock album in four years

on September 26, 2012, 11:06pm

mumford and sons babel e1344363542518 Mumford and Sons are about to have the best selling rock album in four years

So, this is crazy: Mumford and Sons’ sophomore album, Babel, is on pace to sell as many as 600,000 copies in its first week of release, as Billboard reports. That number is 200,000 more than the year’s current top seller, Justin Bieber’s Believe, which moved 374,000 copies. It would also make Babel the best selling rock album since AC/DC’s Black Ice in 2008.

The accolades don’t stop there though. The album is expected to sell 400,000 digital copies, which would be the second most all-time behind Lady Gaga’s Born This Way (662k).

Even more impressive, Babel’s release comes the same week as new albums from legacy acts like Green Day and No Doubt. In fact, both acts are getting creamed with sales projections in the mid to low 100,000s.

For context, Mumford and Sons’ debut LP Sigh No More peaked at number two on the Billboard album charts and sold a total of 2.5 million copies in the U.S.

We may have found our next arena band.

If you want to hear Babel, you buy it here or stream it below Also, be sure to read our review of the album here.


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September 27, 2012 at 8:56 am

Playing a guitar does not make you a rock band. They are commercially attractive friendly pop music, that have major labels rushing to sign as many Amish looking fiddle players as they can find.

Luke Richardson
September 27, 2012 at 6:37 am

Are you forgetting about Adele? Halt. I know what you’re thinking, Adele isn’t ‘rock’, well neither are Mumford & Sons.

Four white dudes in a band, not playing jazz – apparently that counts as rock.

Damon Larkins
September 26, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I’d consider them rock, but definitely not arena rock. Most shows they play are outside and they usually don’t tour in the fall. Mumford and Sons can be classified as folk rock, because of Marcus’s songwriting and their unique arrangement of music, including banjos, fiddles, and more. Not a traditional rock band. Good for them though, to have sales of that magnitude.

Gordon Elgart
September 26, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Did you not realize that Mumford & Sons were already an arena band?

September 26, 2012 at 9:37 pm

it’s called lazy journalism.

Alex Young
September 26, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Madison Square Garden is my definition of an arena band.

September 27, 2012 at 9:07 am

MSG has a seating capacity of 20k and they were selling out Gentlemen of the Road stopovers in 10min (some with 15k capacity). At least they are playing instruments.

September 26, 2012 at 8:22 pm

“rock” hahahaha!

September 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm



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