Mumford & Sons' brand new single I Will Wait has instantly given them their highest-charting hit to date on the Billboard Hot 100 by debuting at 23.
The track, which is not released commercially in the UK until September 24, thus beats the band's previous Hot 100 peak of 27 achieved by The Cave. Their other Hot 100 hit, Little Lion Man, reached 45 while topping Billboard's alternative chart.
I Will Wait sold 153,000 copies in the US last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, making it the fourth biggest download seller behind Flo Rida's Whistle (217,000), Phillip Phillips' Home (210,000) and Carly Rae Jepsen's Call Me Maybe (156,000). The Hot 100 is compiled from a mixture of sales, airplay and streaming and the Mumford track's radio and streaming performances have yet to match its showing at retail, hence its lower rankng on this countdown. Ahead of the September 25 US release of their new album Babel, first set Sigh No More, meanwhile, climbs 41-20 in what is its 125th week on the Billboard 200.
Ellie Goulding's long-running Lights is enduring a reversal of fortunes to I Will Wait as it has now dropped out of the Top 10 download sellers, falling 8-11 with sales down 8% to 111,000, but is now the top track on US radio. It climbs 4-1 on Billboard's Radio Songs chart with its audience up 6% to 121 million and this helps it to retain its position of two on the Hot 100 behind brand new chart-topper Whistle. The Flo Rida cut climbs a place to the top to replace Call Me Maybe, which drops to three after nine week at No 1. Goulding's album of the same name climbs 120-95 on the Billboard 200.
Cher Lloyd's I Want U Back is in decline at retail with sales down 5% to 117,000 to move it 6-10 on Billboard's Digital Songs chart, while on the Hot 100 it falls 13-14. Also heading the wrong way is Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo's Let's Go which falls 17-19 on the Hot 100, but Alex Clare's Too Close gains three places to reach a new peak of 21 as his album The Lateness Of The Hour drops 48-76 on the Billboard 200. Also hitting a new Hot 100 high is Ed Sheeran's The A Team, which climbs 92-85 as his + progresses 59-47 on the albums countdown.
Now That's What I Call Music is back at the top of the Billboard 200 with the brand's 43rd regular album in the US having sold 111,000 copies last week. Rick Ross's God Forgives, I Don't slips 1-2 with sales down 73% to 60,000, while Frank Sinatra's Nothing But The Best retrospective is the latest album to make a high chart return after being subject to a 99 cents one-day offer from Amazon MP3. The album originally debuted and peaked at two in 2008 but now re-enters in third position after selling 40,000 copies. This represents a 2,531% week-on-week increase.
Los Angeles singer-songwriter Elle Varner's debut album Perfectly Imperfect begins in fourth position after selling 33,000 copies, while country artist Colt Ford hits a new Billboard 200 high with Declaration Of Independence entering at five on the back of 31,000 sales, The Zac Brown Band's former chart-topper Uncaged slips 2-6 as sales fall 21% to 31,000, while Justin Bieber's Believe drops 3-7 with sales down 16% to 29,000. One Direction's Up All Night continues its long Top 10 run - interrupted only for seven days a few weeks ago - as it falls 4-8 with 13% drop in sales to 29,000, while Adele's 21 is down a place to nine with sales down 9% to 26,000. The Kidz Bop 22 album completes the Top 10, falling 7-10 with sales slipping 28% to 23,000.
Having debuted and peaked at four in the UK last month with first album Is Your Love Big Enough, London singer-songwrietr Lianne La Havas makes her first appearance on the Billboard 200 with the title entering at 142. Seven places below it, Emile Sande's Our Version Of Events is back up, cllimbing from 198 last week, while Joss Stone's The Soul Sessions: Vol 2 makes a big tumble; having debuted at 10 last week, it now falls to 54.
US album sales fell 5.0% week-on-week last week to 4.96 million and were 16.8% lower than the same week last year, while the year-to-date total is now 3.8% behind 2011's numbers at 182.24 million. One-track sales, meanwhile, were just 0.2% lower than a week ago at 24.03 million and 5.3% up on the equivalent week a year ago. Sales for the year so far are 5.6% higher than at this stage in 2011 with 845.43 million units sold.