US charts: Mumfords in double Top 10 boost

Paul Williams
US charts: Mumfords in double Top 10 boost

Mumford & Sons enjoy a double US Top 10 boost this week with Babel's sales lifting 51% and a new Grammy album featuring I Will Wait entering at No 4.

The band's second album sold 38,000 copies in the States last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to move it 9-6 on the Billboard 200, while two places above it the Grammy Nominees compilation achieved 52,000 sales for its No 4 debut. The album, released ahead of the February 10 ceremony where Mumford have six nominations, also features five other UK acts: Adele, Coldplay, Florence + The Machine, Muse and Ed Sheeran.

Country singer Gary Allan scores his first Billboard 200 chart-topper with Set You Free debuting at No 1 after selling 106,000 copies sold, while The Lumineers' self-titled album reaches a new peak by rising 7-2 with sales up 31% to 50,000. The Pitch Perfect soundtrack holds at 3 as sales slide 1% to 44,000, while Kidz Bop 23 suffers a 50% sales drop to 40,000 to fall 2-5 and A$AP Rocky's Long.Live.A$AP is down to 7 having entered at No 1 a week ago. Its sales drop 73% to 38,000.

Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox declines 5-8 with a 7% sales fall to 36,000 and Taylor Swift's Red descends 4-9 with sales down 21% to 32,000 and the Les Miserables soundtrack completes the Top 10, down four places to 10 and with a 29% sales shrinkage to 27,000 units.

Right at the other end of the Billboard 200, Emeli Sande's Our Version of Events, the biggest-selling album in the UK last year, makes a quiet return by re-appearing in 199th place. It debuted and peaked at 28 last year and this is its 11th week in total on the chart.

Among the countdown's UK highlights, One Direction's Take Me Home loses its Top 10 status, dropping 10-13, and Adele's 21 revival ends by losing10 places to 22. In the week it is announced he will perform at the Grammy Awards with Elton John, Ed Sheeran drops a place to 29 with + as his single The A Team exits the Hot 100's Top 20 by falling 19-21 some 29 weeks after first charting.

Above The A Team on the Hot 100, Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch's Sweet Nothing rises 17-14 to remain the top British track, while The Script are unable to improve on their No 26 peak with Hall Of Fame as the track with will.i.am drops to 30. However, Olly Murs is making very good progress with his second Hot 100 hit Troublemaker featuring Flo Rida as it climbs to 65 having debuted at 87 a week ago.

Now becoming a substantial hit in the UK, Mackleore & Ryan Lewis's Thrift Shop featuring Wanz spends a second week at No 1 on the Hot 100, while Bruno Mars' former chart-topper Locked Out Of Heaven remains at 2. Also static is The Lumineers' Ho Hey at 3 and Taylor Swift's I Knew You Were Trouble is back up 5-4 having previously peaked at 2. Will.i.am and Britney Spears' Scream & Shout is up 6-5.

US album sales were down 1.2% on the week last week to 4.91 million units and were 8.9% lower than the corresponding week in 2012. Year-to-date sales are 0.6% down compared to at the same stage a year ago with 21.23 million albums sold.

One-track download sales fell 4.1% in the week to 26.67 million units but were 2.7% higher than the equivalent week 12 months earlier. Some 117.85 million tracks have been sold in the year so far, 2.3% higher than last year.



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