Mumford & Sons’ “Wilder Mind” Debuts at Number One on “Billboard” 200

Glassnote RecordsMumford & Sons' electric Wilder Mind has electrified the charts. The band's third album, for which they traded in their signature banjos for electric guitars, has debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 249,000 equivalent album units sold, 231,000 of which were pure album sales.

Wilder Mind joins 2012's Babel as the second Mumford & Sons album to debut atop the Billboard 200, giving the band two straight number-one records. Though they both bowed at number one, Babel's first week of sales dwarf Wilder Mind's. In its first week, Babel sold 600,000 copies, which is the highest sales week for any rock album in the past decade.

Still, Wilder Mind's sales are nothing to sneeze at. The last rock album to beat Wilder Mind's first week tally was Coldplay's Ghost Stories, which sold 383,000 copies in its debut frame last June. Additionally, Wilder Mind holds the third-largest sales week of 2015, behind only new releases from rappers Drake and Kendrick Lamar.

Mumford & Sons will be touring this summer in support of Wilder Mind starting June 2 in Brooklyn, New York. Between headlining dates, the band will host their Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers, featuring the likes of Foo Fighters, Alabama Shakes, The Flaming Lips and My Morning Jacket.

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