Mumford & Sons, Green Day, No Doubt Albums Debut In Top Three Spots On Billboard 200
The top three slots on the Billboard 200 get rocked this week as the rock bands Mumford & Sons, Green Day and No Doubt see their latest efforts start at Nos. 1-3, respectively.
Mumford & Sons' sophomore album, Babel, opens atop the list with 600,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. As reported yesterday, it marks the biggest debut this year, the largest sales week for RED Distribution and the second-biggest frame for an independently distributed album. And, with 420,000 downloads sold, the set tallies the second-largest week for a digital album. It's surpassed only by the bow of Lady Gaga's Born This Way in 2011, when it launched with 662,000 downloads.
Mumford & Sons also shattered the Spotify record for streams from an album in a single week.
Green Day's ¡Uno! starts in the No. 2 slot (139,000) while No Doubt's Push and Shove enters at No. 3 (115,000). For the former, it's the trio's eighth top 10 album, and fifth to reach the top two. Its last studio effort, 2009's 21st Century Breakdown, started at No. 1 with 215,000 -- although that number was earned in a truncated week for the group, as Breakdown was released on a Friday in order to more closely align with the album's worldwide release. As for No Doubt, Push and Shove is the quartet's first studio album since 2001's Rock Steady. The latter set debuted and peaked at No. 9 with 255,000 (though it earned its best sales week the very next frame: 270,000 during the Christmas shopping week).