This is a good time to be in Mumford & Sons. The band -- comprised of lead singer Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane -- released Babel, their sophomore album, on Tuesday, and early sales numbers are through the roof. According to Billboard, Mumford & Sons could sell over 600,000 copies of Babel, including 400,000 digital copies -- the second largest total ever. (Interestingly enough, the deluxe edition of Babel costs more as an .mp3 download on Amazon.com than it does as a CD.)
September has been kind to Mumford & Sons. Last Saturday, the band appeared on "Saturday Night Live" and performed two songs off Babel: "I Will Wait" and "Below My Feet." At a concert on Monday, Lovett joked that Mumford & Sons was done making music. Wait until he sees the sales figures.
Babel follows the 2009 album Sigh No More.
For more on the band's success, as well as how the other new releases of the week fared, head over to Billboard.
CORRECTION: An earlier edition identified Ben Lovett as Ben Levitt.