Mumford and Sons' 'Babel' set for record breaking first week sales in US

Their second album is pulling in the biggest first week sales since 2008

Mumford and Sons' 'Babel' set for record breaking first week sales in US

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Mumford and Sons’ new album, 'Babel', is set to have the biggest first week sales Stateside since AC/DC’s 2008 album, 'Black Ice'.

The London based band’s second album is set to pull in the biggest first week sales of 2012 in the US. According to Billboard, they're set to shift over 600,000 copies, meaning that it will have beaten releases earlier this year by Madonna and Pink as well as Justin Bieber, whose US Number One album, 'Believer', only managed 347,000 in first week sales.

The band are also on track for the second largest sales week for a digital album ever, just behind Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way', which racked up 662,000 units in sales.

Meanwhile, at home in the UK, Mumford and Sons look set to score their first UK Number One album on Sunday (September 30).

Speaking to NME about bagging the Number One slot, multi-instrumentalist Ted Dwane said: "Number Two was the best we got with 'Sigh No More' so it would be amazing. Obviously no-one's going to wish against a Number One record but I know Green Day and Muse have albums out and they’re pretty big hitters. If you told me in the '90s that I’d be in a chart battle with Green Day, I probably would have just laughed at you."

In the midweek charts, the band had sold nearly 90,000 copies of 'Babel'. The current UK Official Albums Chart Number One, The Killers' 'Battle Born', became the fastest-selling album of 2012 on Sunday after selling 94,000 copies across the whole week, so Mumford And Sons are well on course to beat this.

Mumford And Sons recently announced a UK and Ireland tour for November. Entitled The Tour Of Two Halves, it sees the band splitting their shows between theatres and arenas.

Tickets for The Tour Of Two Halves go onsale on tomorrow (September 28). To check the availability of Mumford and Sons tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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