Mumford And Sons expected Grammy-winning album 'Babel' to be 'dissappointing second child'

Band look set to return to Number One spot in America following awards success

Mumford And Sons expected Grammy-winning album 'Babel' to be 'dissappointing second child'

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Mumford and Sons have revealed that they thought their second album 'Babel' would be considered a failure following the success of their debut record, 'Sigh No More'.

The band, who scooped the Grammy for Best Album this week, have managed to sustain their level of huge success following the release of 'Babel', but that didn't stop frontman Marcus Mumford telling Rolling Stone that he thought the album could have been considered a "disappointing second child" by fans and critics. "As we were making 'Babel', 'Sigh No More''s shadow kept getting bigger and bigger. There was a lot in us that was like, 'That's OK, fuck it, 'Babel' will be the disappointing second child – like a lot of us are, actually."

Mumford went on to say he would not have minded that outcome: "We were making it really believing it and thinking about that as much as possible – and so it's really sweet now to see it do its thing as well. That's crazy for us. When we released 'Sigh No More', our manager said, 'We're probably gonna sell between 100,000 and 150,000 records.' And we were like, 'That's amazing!'" says Mumford. "Since then, everything has gotten more ridiculous, fantastical and mind-fucking."

Meanwhile, following their Grammy Awards success, 'Babel' looks like it is set to return to Number One on the Billboard 200 chart next week with a further 150,000 copies expected to be sold by February 17 – easily making it the top-seller on next week's Billboard 200.

Nielsen Soundscan statistics show that the album jumped three places up to Number Four on the chart in the week ending with the Grammys on Sunday (February 10) with sales of 54,000 copies.

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