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Mumford And Sons's sophomore album, Babel, is headed for a massive first week in sales, according to Billboard. The disc is on track to sell as many as 600,000 copies by the time the tracking week ends on Sunday (September 30th), which would easily top the Billboard album chart next Wednesday (October 3rd). It would also give the British folk rock group the biggest debut of the year, not to mention the largest one-week sales figure for a rock act since AC/DC's Black Ice sold 784,000 copies in November 2008.
If this all holds, Babel will be Mumford And Sons' first chart-topper. The album is also reportedly breaking sales records in the U.K.
Mumford And Sons' 2010 debut album, Sigh No More, has sold 2.5 million copies in the U.S. and peaked at Number Two on the album chart.
The digital sales for Babel are "through the roof," sources told Billboard, with more than 400,000 downloads possible. That would make it the second-highest of 2012 after the 662,000 downloads sold of Lady Gaga's Born This Way.
Babel should easily outdistance the other big rock albums that dropped this week. Green Day's Uno! is likely to bow at Number Two with possible sales of around 150,000 copies, while No Doubt's Push And Shove will muscle its way to Number Three with first-week sales of around 125,000 copies.