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Mumford & Sons’ ‘Wilder Mind’ Debuts at No. 1 on U.S. Album Chart

U.K.-based rock outfit Mumford & Sons has logged its second No. 1 on the U.S. album charts with their latest effort, “Wilder Mind.” The Marcus Mumford-led quartet moved 249,000 units in the week ending May 10, according to data from Nielsen Music.

“Wilder Mind” sees the band ditch the banjo-heavy sound that established them on albums “Sigh No More” and “Babel.” Perhaps due to a lukewarm reception of the new album’s lead single, “Believe,” which drew derogatory comparisons to Coldplay’s music, “Wilder Mind’s” debut did less than half the first-week sales of “Babel,” which dropped in 2012. Launching at No. 1, “Babel” moved 600,000 copies in its debut, making for the largest sales week for a rock album this decade, according to Billboard.

Two more albums entered the chart in the top 10 alongside “Wilder Mind.” Compilation album “Now 54” debuted in third place on the chart, moving 71,000 units. The hit collection features blockbuster tracks “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift, “Night Changes” by One Direction and “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon, to name a few.

Entering the chart at No. 4 is Tech N9ne’s “Special Effects.” The rapper’s latest endeavor moved 66,000 units in its first week of competition.

A pair of albums that debuted the previous week continued to fare well in this time frame. Josh Groban’s “Stages,” a collection of showtune covers with guest appearances from the likes of Audra McDonald and Kelly Clarkson, moved 101,000 units. Groban’s chart performance was down 44% but still good for second place, likely a result of Mother’s Day gifts. Zac Brown Band’s “Jekyll + Hyde” slid down to No. 5 after premiering at No. 1. The rock set was down 71%, moving 66,000 units.

Two soundtracks continue to generate big numbers, holding down the sixth and seventh slots on the latest chart. The “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack remains at No. 6, moving 53,000 units. This 46% increase for the accompanying album is likely due to the May 8 DVD release of the racy film. The soundtrack to “Furious 7” continues to hang on in its eighth week of competition, aptly finishing at No. 7 with 46,000 units moved.

The last three artists on the chart each experienced sales bumps of 10%-20% for the week despite leading the top 10 in album longevity. Sam Smith’s “In the Lonely Hour” finished at No. 8, up 17% with 39,000 units moved. Smith made headlines last week when the singer revealed he was canceling tour dates so he could undergo surgery on his vocal cords.

Taylor Swift’s “1989” was up 11%, coming in at No. 9 again with 36,000 units moved. Ed Sheeran hopped back into the top 10 after a brief sojourn at No. 11. Sheeran’s “X” was up 19% with 36,000 units moved.

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