Mumford & Sons logs year’s top album debut

'Babel' bows at No.1; Green Day, No Doubt discs rack up solid sales

Fall music sales caught fire this week, as Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. album chart with the year’s biggest first-week tally and new titles by Green Day and No Doubt entered with six-figure scores.

“Babel” took the apex with sales of 600,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Sept. 30. The Glassnote album easily topped the year’s previous debut champ, Justin Bieber’s “Believe,” which bowed at the top in June with 374,000 sold. It’s the bestselling No. 1 debut since Drake’s “Take Care” sold 630,000 last November.

Mumford & Sons abides as the most surprising success story in recent memory. The U.K. folk-rock act’s indie bow “Sigh No More” developed slowly but steadily following its February 2010 arrival; it has sold nearly 2.5 million to date. This week, the album soared 73%, leaping 17 chart positions to No. 12.

Green Day’s “Uno!” (Warner Bros.) moved in at No. 2 with a 139,000-unit stanza. First of a projected three-album trilogy, it succeeds the Bay Area pop-punk band’s chart-topping “21st Century Breakdown” (2009) and Grammy-winning “American Idiot” (2004). Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong made headlines last month with an onstage meltdown at the iHeartRadio Festival; he has since entered rehab.

No Doubt’s “Push and Shove” (Interscope) took No. 3, toting up 115,000 copies. The Anaheim alternative pop band fronted by vocalist Gwen Stefani hadn’t released an album since 2001’s “Rock Steady,” which peaked at No. 9.

Last week’s No. 1 set, “Pink’s “The Truth About Love” (RCA), slipped to No. 4, shifting 94,000 with a 66% decline.

Lupe Fiasco’s “Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album” (Atlantic) debuted at No. 5, moving 89,000. Collection, a titular sequel to Fiasco’s 2006 breakthrough, is something of a commercial comedown for the hip-hopper: Last year’s “Lasers” entered at No. 1.

Week’s other major debut, electronic dance artist Deadmau5’s “Album Title Goes Here” (Ultra), docked at No. 6, selling 58,000. The Canadian DJ born Joel Thomas Zimmerman had most recently reaped a No. 2 album with 2010’s “4×4 12.”

Holdovers filled out the top 10: Kanye West’s Good Music compilation “Cruel Summer” (No. 7, 55,000 sold, down 73%), the Dave Matthews Band’s “Away From the World” (No. 8, 36,000, off 42%), Little Big Town’s “Tornado” (No. 9, 34,000, down 33%) and the Killers’ “Battle Born” (No. 10, 31,000, off 73%).

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