Mumford and Sons Blocks Josh Groban From No. 1 Spot on Billboard 200

With 249,000, the British band's new LP also scores the largest sales week for a rock album in almost a year and the third-largest sales week in 2015.

AceShowbiz - Mumford & Sons returns to No. 1 on Billboard 200 with their "Wilder Mind". With 249,000 equivalent units, according to Nielsen Music, the album marks the British rock band's second effort to have landed atop the chart.

Their last LP to do so was 2012's "Babel", which launched with 600,000 copies. After spending its first three weeks at No. 1, it made its way back to the top slot months later following the band's Album of the Year win at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

Despite the significant first week sales drop, "Wilder Mind" has the largest sales week for a rock album in nearly a year, following Coldplay's "Ghost Stories" which opened at No. 1 with 383,000 last June. It additionally logs the third-largest sales week of 2015, behind Drake's "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" (495,000) and Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly" (324,000).

Trailing behind Mumford & Sons' latest full-length, Josh Groban's "Stages" remains at No. 2 with 101,000 units. The "Now 54" album debuts at No. 3 with 71,000, marking the 60th "Now That's What I Call Music!" album to have peaked inside the top 10.

Tech N9ne's "Special Effects" arrives at No. 4 with 66,000. Last week's No. 1, Zac Brown Band's "Jekyll + Hyde", falls to No. 5 with additional 66,000 in its second week. The "Fifty Shades of Grey" soundtrack stays at No. 6 with 53,000, while the "Furious 7" soundtrack drops from No. 3 to No. 7 with 46,000.

Closing out the top 10 are Sam Smith's "In the Lonely Hour" which keeps its position steady at No. 8 with 39,000, Taylor Swift's "1989" that also sits still at No. 9 with 36,000 and Ed Sheeran's "X" which rises one rung to No. 1 with 36,000.

  1. "Wilder Mind" - Mumford & Sons (249,000)
  2. "Stages" - Josh Groban (101,000)
  3. The "Now 54" Album - Various Artists (71,000)
  4. "Special Effects" - Tech N9ne (66,000)
  5. "Jekyll + Hyde" - Zac Brown Band (66,000)
  6. The "Fifty Shades of Grey" Soundtrack - Various Artists (53,000)
  7. The "Furious 7" Soundtrack - Various Artists (46,000)
  8. "In the Lonely Hour" - Sam Smith (39,000)
  9. "1989" - Taylor Swift (36,000)
  10. "X" - Ed Sheeran (36,000)

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