Billboard reported that Babel, the highly anticipated sophomore album from British folk rockers Mumford and Sons, is on pace to sell 600,000 copies in its opening week. Furthermore, the album will easily debut on top of Billboard’s Top 200 next week, which would mark Mumford’s first time on top of the charts.
According to the projections, Mumford and Sons will have the highest debut week of the year, overtaking Justin Bieber’s Believe, which sold 374,000 copies in its first week. Furthermore, Babel will record the largest sale rate for any rock album (debut or otherwise) since AC/DC’s Black Ice sold 784,000 copies in 2008.
Babel’s digital sales are also on pace to make their mark on the music industry with a projected 400,000 downloads occurring this week. Lady Gaga owns the top digital week for Born This Way.
Babel is available now via Gentlemen of the Road through Glassnote Records.