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Could the third studio album from Mumford & Sons feature the band...rapping? That's what the group members hinted at when they spoke with Rolling Stone following the British act's Album of the Year win at the Grammy Awards three weeks ago. Keyboard player Ben Lovett said that the band wants to change up its sound for its next project, explaining, "I do feel like we're ready to make the departure. There's definitely cohesion between the two albums. Now that we've done that, we're not desperate to walk away from that sound, but we're willing to explore what else we could do. These two albums are like brothers. Do something that's a cousin."
But frontman Marcus Mumford threw a curveball with his comments, saying, "We really want to rap. We've just got so much to say -- saying it through a melody doesn't really work for me. We've been talking with Jay-Z about it, you know. It's gonna be a fresh experience for our band."
If fans are worried at the prospect of Mumford & Sons taking such a severe left turn on their next record, they can relax: Mumford was almost certainly joking, and the follow-up to last year's Number One set Babel probably won't be along for a while. Banjo player Winston Marshall said, "It might take a few more years than it took to make Babel."
Babel bounced back to Number One on the Billboard album chart last week as a result of their Grammy win, rising from Number Four to Number One and selling 185,000 copies -- a gain of 242 percent from the previous week. The disc remained at the top of this week's chart as well, although sales dropped to just 63,000 copies.
The band has been named one of the headlining acts, along with Paul McCartney, Bjork, Wilco and Tom Petty, for the 2013 edition of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which will take place from June 13th through the 16th in Manchester, Tennessee.