Mumford & Sons’ second album Babel has become the fastest-selling album of the year in the US, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The release sold 600,000 copies in its first week, more than any opener this year.

It has become the London foursome’s first number one album in America. 

Marcus Mumford and Ted Dwane spoke to Newsbeat’s entertainment reporter Natalie Jamieson about what the record sales mean to them.


This week’s NME is a new bands special, crammed full of the most exciting up and coming acts in the world right now, recommended by writers and artists alike. Here’s a taster.

I’m going to be cheeky here and pick one band and one solo artist. The band is Montreal’s Half Moon Run - potentially one of the most important bands debuting an album this year. It’s progresive without being pretentious. And my favourite new songwriter is Joe Banfi from Sheffield. He’s dark, edgy, serene and beautiful.

Best song: ’Hurricane’ (HMR), ‘Guts And Bones’ (JB)

Listen: Half Moon RunJoe Banfi.
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Mumford & Sons perform “Whispers in the Dark” on Later…with Jools Holland on 2nd October 2012.