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Mumford & Sons Take Fifth Week At #1 On Billboard 200

February 27, 2013 | Posted by Joseph Lee

Mumford & Sons, as expected, have taken a fifth non-consecutive week on the Billboard 200 with Babel selling 63,000 copies. This is down 66% compared to last week, when the album rode the high of the Grammy Awards to sell 185,000.

This is the lowest sales week for a #1 album since Zac Brown Band’s Uncaged sold 48,000 on August 11, 2012. It is, however, the longest run at #1 for a duo or group since 2004 when Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below finished its seven-week non-consecutive run at the top on February 7. The last group with more than five weeks was Creed with Weathered, which had eight weeks in a row between December 8, 2001 and January 26, 2002.

There is not a single debut in the top ten this week, but a few albums return. The highest debut is at #20, as Buckcherry’s Confessions sold 18,000.

Alabama Shakes’ Boys & Girls climbs 20-6 with 33,000. This is their second largest sales week due to a performance on Saturday Night Live on February 16, which then was given an encore airing on February 23. The band sold more on April 28, 2012 when the album climbed 16-8 with 43,000 in its second week. It debuted at #16 as a digital exclusive before climbing thanks to both digital and physical sales.

The only other return is Rihanna’s Unapologetic, which climbs 15-9 with 29,000, down 29% in sales. It was last in the top ten on January 12.

1. Mumford & Sons – Babel (63,000)
2. Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox (48,000)
3. Josh Groban – All That Echoes (41,000)
4. Now 45 (38,000)
5. The Lumineers – The Lumineers (35,000)
6. Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls (33,000)
7. 2013 Grammy Nominees (30,000)
8. fun. – Some Nights (just under 30,000)
9. Rihanna – Unapologetic (29,000)
10. Taylor Swift – Red (28,000)

Album sales this week totaled 5.46 million, down 20% compared to last week (6.81 million) and down 13% compared to last year (6.31 million). Year to date album sales stand at 44.58 million, down 7% compared to the same total at this point last year (48.01 million).

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