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  1. Glastonbury Headline Slot Propels Mumford & Sons To U.K. Chart Peak

    July 08, 2013 6:26 AM EDT The “Glastonbury effect” shot closing night headliners Mumford & Sons back to the top of the new U.K. album chart on Sunday, also boosting sales for bill-toppers the Rolling Stones and Arctic Monkeys. On the singles chart, John Newman, the Y ...

  2. The Year In Rock 2012: fun., Gotye, Mumford & Sons Headline Banner Year

    December 14, 2012 8:14 AM EST fun. is Billboard's Top Rock Artist of 2012, the Black Keys claim the year's top title on the Rock Songs chart and Mumford & Sons boast the No. 1 Rock Album for a second straight year, a year in which rock enjoyed impressive pop cros ...

  3. 600,000: Mumford & Sons

    October 08, 2012 1:31 PM EDT Sound the banjos! A look at how Mumford & Sons' unique touring strategy and three years of hard road work paid off. "That was quite a sunset!" Marcus Mumford, clutching an acoustic guitar against his white button-up and olive- ...

  4. Mumford & Sons' No. 1 Record Offers 'Validation To Be an Independent,' Says Daniel Glass

    October 04, 2012 12:59 PM EDT With 600,000 copies sold in its first frame according to Nielsen SoundScan, Mumford & Sons' Babel not only scored the biggest debut sales week of any album this year in the U.S. and the biggest sales week for a rock album in nearly four y ...

  5. Mumford & Sons' Massive 600,000 Debut

    October 03, 2012 8:30 PM EDT 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 ...

  6. Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Scores Biggest Debut of 2012, Tops Billboard 200 Chart

    October 02, 2012 8:47 PM EDT It's official: Mumford & Sons' sophomore release, "Babel," has earned the biggest debut of any album this year in the United States. "Babel" sold 600,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and beco ...

  7. Business Matters: Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Smashes Spotify Streaming Record

    October 02, 2012 8:35 PM EDT The argument that subscription services cannibalize sales hit a bit of a snag last week. Mumford & Sons' sophomore release, "Babel," blew past Spotify's record for streams from an album in a single week. Spotify users in th ...

  8. Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' on Track to Sell a Whopping 600,000 Copies in First Week

    September 26, 2012 7:10 PM EDT Mumford & Sons is heading for a massive week. The rock quartet's new album "Babel" is on course to sell as much as 600,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Sept. 30 -- so say industry sources. The set, released ...

  9. Mumford & Sons Debut on Social 50 Chart After Long 'Wait'

    August 17, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Thanks to the release of its new single "I Will Wait," Mumford & Sons make a long-delayed debut on Billboard's Social 50 chart , arriving at a lofty No. 13. The chart premiered in December 2010, but the band never generated enou ...

  10. U.K. Artists Score Biggest Share of North American Album Market This Century

    March 19, 2012 2:44 PM EDT British artists' share of the North American albums market climbed to a record high in 2011, with U.K. acts accounting for approximately 1 in every 8 albums sold, according to new figures released today by U.K. labels trade body the BPI. Acco ...

  11. Who Will Get Big Grammy Sales Bumps? Adele? Civil Wars? Bruno Mars? Retailers Weigh In

    February 10, 2012 9:10 PM EST As the music industry convenes on Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, merchants across America are gearing up for the sales boost that the show always brings. The only question is: Which winners and performers will see the biggest b ...

  12. Lana Del Rey Debuts At No. 2, Adele Holds No. 1 on Billboard 200

    February 08, 2012 11:00 AM EST Much talked-about singer/songwriter Lana Del Rey makes her expected arrival at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with "Born to Die," selling 77,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the highest entry for a female artist's f ...

  13. Adele Leads Record-Setting Year in Digital Sales

    January 04, 2012 2:21 PM EST Digital music was filled with records, milestones and resurgence in 2011. Adele set marks for digital albums and track sales. Digital albums topped 100 million units for the first time. And track sales came back to life after falling flat in 2010. ...

  14. Adele Leads SoundScan 2011 Year-End Charts With Top Selling Album, Song

    January 04, 2012 5:45 AM EST Though it seemed a foregone conclusion months ago, Adele's "21" and her "Rolling in the Deep" single finish 2011 as the United States' top-selling album and song according to Nielsen SoundScan. "21" sold 5.8 ...

  15. Adele, Instagram Top iTunes 'Rewind 2011' Year-End Charts

    December 08, 2011 5:21 PM EST iTunes launched its Rewind 2011 year-end charts and awards today; among the big winners for the platorm in music and apps are Adele, Foo Fighters, and Instagram. Adele dominated music sales on iTunes this year, swooping up titles for Top-Selling S ...

  16. Small But Mighty

    December 01, 2011 4:20 AM EST The Top Independent Artist Nominees 4 Nominations Bon Iver Nominations: record of the year ("Holocene"), song of the year ("Holocene"), best new artist, best alternative music album (Bon Iver) Jagjaguwar In perhaps the most sur ...

  17. Adele's '21' on Track to Be 2011's Best-Selling Album -- Can Anything Top It?

    September 15, 2011 3:33 PM EDT With 3.4 million sold since its debut in February according to Nielsen SoundScan, Adele's XL/Columbia album "21" is the fastest-selling release of any year since 2005. The last set to sell at a quicker clip was 50 Cent's " ...

  18. Business Matters: What HP's Bargain Tablet Sale Means to Music Companies

    August 22, 2011 8:45 PM EDT What HP's Bargain Tablet Sale Means to Music Companies -- Consumers love cheap tablet PCs, if the price is right. HP's move to chop prices on its tablets -- the company wants to get out of the consumer hardware business and needed to mov ...

  19. The 2011 Pop Explosion: Mid-Year Numbers Broken Down By Genre

    July 07, 2011 7:47 AM EDT The sweet sounds of pop music are in control as we take a look at the top selling albums and songs at the mid-year point of 2011. TOP ALBUMS Of the top 20 selling albums -- half of them are pop sets. Leading the pop charge, and the year overall, i ...

  20. Lady Gaga Roars to Top of Billboard 200, Brad Paisley at No. 2

    June 01, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As previously reported , Lady Gaga comes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as her "Born This Way" set sold 1,108,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That marks the largest sales week for any album since 2005 and ...

  21. Business Matters: Digital Album Sales Way Up in 2011 (Thanks Adele!); More Shareholders Sue WMG

    May 24, 2011 5:19 PM EDT Thanks Adele: Digital Album Sales Way Up in 2011 -- Led by Adele's hit "21", this year's best selling new albums are putting up great digital numbers. The top 5 digital albums have sold 1.81 million units through May 15, accord ...

  22. Lucky Seventh Week At No. 1 For Adele's '21'

    May 11, 2011 11:00 AM EDT While Adele's "21" spends a lucky seventh nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, a near-record eight debuts arrive in the top 10, led by Beastie Boys' "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2." "21" holds ato ...

  23. Adele's '21' Sells A Million, Returns To No. 1 On Billboard 200

    April 13, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Adele's "21" album not only returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, it also becomes the first to sell more than 1 million copies this year. With 88,000 sold this past week (down 6%), according to Nielsen SoundScan, total sales for &q ...

  24. Music Sales Increase Six Weeks in a Row, First Time Since 2004

    March 31, 2011 8:04 AM EDT Something wonderful is happening in the U.S. Music sales have posted a year-on-year increase for six weeks in a row, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In fact, this is the first time since 2004 that U.S. sales have enjoyed a sales gain of this lengt ...

  25. Chris Brown Nets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As predicted, Chris Brown achieves his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "F.A.M.E." bows atop the tally with 270,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "F.A.M.E." is his fourth top 10 album, following his self-titled ...

  26. Chart Moves: Grammys, Grammys, Grammys! (And Ella Fitzgerald)

    February 24, 2011 11:39 AM EST Ella lands her highest charting album in almost 50 years (Photo: Getty Images) The Billboard 200: Grammys! Grammys!! Grammys!!!: As detailed yesterday in our usual Wednesday chart story , the 53rd Grammy Awards smiled on the Billboard charts this ...

  27. Adele Ties Beatles on British Charts Following BRIT Awards

    February 21, 2011 7:47 AM EST Adele has become the first living artist since the Beatles in 1964 to have two titles simultaneously in the top five of both the U.K. singles and album charts. The XL-signed star's sophomore album "21" started a fourth week at No. 1 ...

  28. Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, Tinie Tempah Win Big at Brit Awards

    February 16, 2011 8:47 AM EST Dapper London lads Plan B and Tinie Tempah were popular local winners at the Brit music awards Tuesday, while Arcade Fire followed their surprise Grammys victory with two prizes at the British ceremony. Tempah, a 22-year-old product of London' ...

  29. Business Matters: Even Higher-Priced Albums Enjoying Grammy Bump

    February 14, 2011 5:12 PM EST Even Reasonablys-Priced Albums by Mumford & Sons & Florence & The Machine Enjoying Grammy Bump -- On Monday morning, Grammy-driven demand was trumping the benefits of low prices. The morning after the Grammys telecast, Mumford & So ...

  30. Decemberists' 'The King Is Dead' Tops Billboard 200

    January 26, 2011 11:00 AM EST The Decemberists top the charts. (Photo: Autumn DeWilde) The Decemberists claim their first No. 1 album as "The King Is Dead" debuts atop the Billboard 200 with a career-high 94,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. ...

  31. Arcade Fire, Eminem, Mumford & Sons Earn BRIT Award Nominations

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST British rapper Tinie Tempah led the field on Thursday at the BRIT awards with four nominations, just ahead of singer-songwriter Plan B, folk rock act Mumford & Sons and London's The XX, who each had three nods. In a turnaround from 2010&# ...

  32. Business Matters: In Sign of the Times, Columbia House CD/DVD Club Closes in Canada

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Record Clubs Take Another Step Toward Extinction -- Once a major force in music sales, the record club has taken another step toward extinction. CD and DVD mail order company Columbia House and book-of-the-month club Doubleday Canada (not to be co ...

  33. Mumford & Sons 'Over The Moon' At Double Grammy Nod

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST British folk-rock act Mumford & Sons is celebrating its double Grammy nod. The band has recently returned from a tour in the U.S. where it has moved 428,000 copies of its debut "Sigh No More" according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band ...

  34. Tinie Tempah Makes Big Debut On UK Chart

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Parlophone/EMI's south London rapper Tinie Tempah has followed last week's No. 1 U.K. single "Written In The Stars" with a chart-topping start for his debut album "Disc-overy." As Tempah's "Stars," feat ...

  35. Chart Moves: Arcade Fire, Janelle Monae, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A quick look at the most notable jumps and drops on this week's Billboard 200 albums and Hot 100 singles charts. The Billboard 200: -- Arcade Fire: The Canadian band made waves atop the Billboard 200 albums chart this week as its "The Su ...

  36. Chart Moves: Avenged Sevenfold, Usher, Susan Boyle, Taylor Swift

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A quick look at the most notable jumps and drops on this week's Billboard 200 albums and Hot 100 singles charts. The Billboard 200: -- Avenged Sevenfold: The rock band's "Nightmare" bumps Eminem's "Recovery" from ...

  37. Chart Moves: Lady Gaga, 'Glee,' Usher, Eminem and More

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A quick look at the most notable jumps and drops on this week's Billboard 200 albums chart. -- Justin Bieber : Perhaps we have Oprah Winfrey to thank for the Justin Bieber's rise back to No. 1 this week on the Billboard 200 with "My ...

  38. Jason Derulo Scores First U.K. No. 1

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jason Derulo's "In My Head" (Warner Bros.) became the American singer's first U.K. No. 1 single, as Lady Gaga's "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal) started a new stint atop the album chart, and the top ten welcomed ...

  39. Sales Spikes For Big Day Out, Triple J Acts

    February 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST The influence of Australia's giant Big Day Out festival and the Triple J radio network's Hottest 100 countdown has sparked several spikes on the country's sales charts. British acts Muse and Mumford & Sons are among the key bene ...

  40. Streisand's 'Love' Climbs To No. 1 In U.K.

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Barbra Streisand's "Love Is The Answer" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) climbed 4-1 on the new U.K. album chart, becoming her sixth No. 1 on that survey, but her first chart-topping studio album since 1980. Giving Sony labels a ...