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the biggest selling debut of any album in 2012 in the U.S., selling 600,000 in its first week.
The band then spent the rest of 2012 and 2013 playing live gigs to promote the record before announcing in late 2013 that they'd take a break from music after wrapping up their "Babel" tour. In early 2014, the group's frontman Mumford revealed what he and his pals were doing while they were on hiatus. He said he told people the group had broken up. "Everyone keeps asking if we've broken up as a band, which I love... So I keep saying 'yes,' and then we can have a big come back tour next year," he told U.K. radio station XFM.
He also revealed that banjo player Winston Marshall "went to Nashville and set up a band, played six gigs, recorded a live show and then they broke up, citing artistic differences at the end of the night, after playing six gigs in one night."
"Apparently they were rubbish, apparently they were genuinely rubbish. But they're really proud of it, because they love that kind of thing," he explained.
Mumford and Co. finally ended their hiatus in early 2015. They announced in January they'd return to headline the 2015 Bonnaroo Music Festival. In February, they confirmed they'd be performing at the Reading & Leeds Festival. In March, they announced that their third studio album would be entitled "Wilder Mind" and would be released 4 May 2015. It's led by single "Believe" which was released to radio stations on 9 March 2015 and then debuted at No. 17 on Billboard Hot 100.
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