October 6, 2012 15:25

Mumford & Sons match The Beatles' US chart record

London based band place six songs in the Billboard Hot 100

Mumford & Sons match The Beatles' US chart record

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Mumford and Sons have matched a record set by The Beatles by placing six songs in the Billboard Hot 100.

The band, who this week beat Justin Bieber's 'Believe' by smashing the 2012 US album sales record with their second album 'Babel', have added yet another startling achievement by having six singles in the Hot 100, according to Billboard.

Mumford & Sons are the first band to chart as many as six concurrent titles in the chart since The Beatles 48 years ago. All tracks are from their new album and include 'I Will Wait' (Number 57), 'Babel (60), 'Lover's Eyes' (85), 'Whispers In The Dark' (No 86), 'Holland Road' (92) and 'Ghosts That We Knew' (94).

The band matched the sextet record thanks to streaming services, as they posted an unprecedented 12 'Babel' tracks in the On-Demand Charts with 'I Will Wait' reportedly on 555,000 streams.

No band – The cast of Glee, who notched a total of nine singles in the chart, have been considered a group rather than a band by record compilers – have achieved a total of six or more titles in the Hot 100 since the Fab Four in September 19, 1964.

The band's US success follows on from last week's home soil triumph as 'Babel' became the band's first UK Number One, racking up an impressive sales tally of 159,000 copies to become the UK's fastest-selling album in 2012.

Speaking to NME on the day of the album's UK release, 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 have an album out and they're a pretty big hitter. 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."

Mumford And Sons have also just announced a second night at London's 02 Arena in December. The band's mammoth UK and Irish tour, which will see them play some of their biggest headline shows to date, has sold out but an extra date in London has been added for December 18.

Mumford and Sons will play:

Torquay Princess Theatre (November 21)
Portsmouth Guildhall (22)
Ipswich Regent Theatre (23)
Dundee Caird Hall (25)
Carlisle Sands Centre (26)
Llandudno Venue Cymru (27)
Newcastle Metro Radio Arena (December 4)
Glasgow SECC (5)
Birmingham LG Arena (7)
Manchester Arena (10)
London O2 Arena (11,18)
Cardiff CIA (13)
Belfast Odyssey Arena (15)
Dublin O2 (16)


All November theatre shows are priced at £23.50. All December arena shows are priced at £29.50, except London at £32.50 or £29.50. 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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