Mumford & Sons beat Justin Bieber to break US album sales record

'Babel' scores biggest-selling 2012 US debut, shifting 600,000 copies in first week

Mumford and Sons have smashed the 2012 US album sales record with ‘Babel’, selling nearly double that of Justin Bieber’s ‘Believe’.

The London band have sold 600,000 copies of their second album ‘Babel’ in a week, trumping ‘Believe’s’ first week sales by 226,000, reports Billboard.

The LP, which is the band’s first US Number One, has also become the second highest selling digital album in history, behind Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’, with a staggering 420,000 downloads this week.


Meanwhile, Mumford And Sons’ debut album ‘Sigh No More’ continues to rack up big sales in the US, and hasn’t left the Top 75 in the Billboard Chart since entering in July 2010. So far, the record has sold 2.5million copies in the US.

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.