For the first time since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales in 1991, the same album finishes as the United States' best-seller for a second year. Adele's "21" triumphed in 2011 and ruled again in 2012.
Glassnote Records founder Daniel Glass tells Billboard that he and his team are "totally enjoying the moment," and take pride in the fact that Mumford and Sons' "Babel's" debut has made 2012 the sixth straight year that an indie album has hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
What a week for Mumford & Sons. The British band's sophomore release, "Babel", moved a whopping 600,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the biggest debut sales week of the year. It easily scores the group its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and the first for its label, Glassnote Records. (Even more stunning: "Babel" outsells the Nos. 2-8 albums on the Billboard 2