Mumford & Sons stay at Number 1 on the UK Albums Chart

Sam Smith is at Number 2 with 'In The Lonely Hour'

Mumford & Sons‘ third LP ‘Wilder Mind’ has claimed a second week at Number 1 on the Official UK Albums Chart.

Having displaced Blur from the top of the chart last week, the band has outsold its nearest competitor, Sam Smith’s ‘In The Lonely Hour’, over the last seven days by a ratio of more than 2:1, becoming the first record to spend two consecutive weeks at Number 1 this year.

Elsewhere, Hozier’s self-titled debut rose three places to Number 3, a new chart peak for the record. It’s followed by Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’, up four places to 4, while former Number 1, Paul Simon’s ‘The Ultimate Collection’, rounds out the Top 5.

Eric Clapton scored this week’s highest new entry with his compilation ‘Forever Man’ at Number 8. Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo lands at Number 17 with debut album ‘Queen Of The Clouds’, while Snoop Dogg has achieved a seventh UK Top 40 with latest offering ‘Bush’ entering the chart at Number 25.

Meanwhile, OMI’s ‘Cheerleader’ pipped midweek leader LunchMoney Lewis’s ‘Bills’ to the Number 1 spot on the Singles Chart.

Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford recently claimed that he finds it “funny” when people say that they loathe his band. Speaking to The Sun, the singer told anecdotes of strangers actively coming up to him to express their dislike of the group.

“There was one weird kid who came up to me in a guitar shop in New York,” Mumford said. “He was very strange and knocking stuff over. He stood in the doorway and shouted, ‘Mumford and Sons fucking suck’. Then he turned away and ran. Weird.”

Mumford said of another incident, “Then another time. I was at a gig when a guy came up to me and said: ‘I just want you to know that I fucking hate your music. It’s repulsive’. So I said, ‘OK cool, thank you for your opinion’. He then added, ‘You seem like a nice guy but your music, it just disgusts me.'”

“I don’t think people are brave enough to say it to our faces most of the time. When people do, I find it very funny.”