Mumford & Sons Set for Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

Mumford & Sons photographed on March 31, 2015 in West Hollywood.
Austin Hargrave

Mumford & Sons photographed on March 31, 2015 in West Hollywood.

Rock band Mumford & Sons is on track for its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as Wilder Mind is winging its way to a chart-topping debut. Industry forecasters suggest the album — which was released May 4 through Gentlemen of the Road/Glassnote Records — could move over 260,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 10.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Billboard 200’s top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, May 13.

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Mumford & Sons previously led the list with its last album, 2012’s Babel, which debuted at No. 1 and sold 600,000 copies in its first week (according to Nielsen Music). It spent its first three weeks at No. 1, and then later returned to the top (for two more frames) a few months later, following its Grammy Award win for album of the year. Babel has sold 2.7 million to date.

Wilder Mind was led by the single “Believe,” which has spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Adult Alternative Songs and Alternative Songs charts. It also reached No. 31 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Other albums heading for high debuts next week include the Now 54 compilation (which could shift over 70,000 units), Tech N9ne’s Special Effects (60,000) and My Morning Jacket’s The Waterfall (30,000).


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