Mumford & Sons storm to top of Billboard 200 after Grammy win

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – British folk band Mumford & Sons jumped to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday after their album “Babel” won a top Grammy honor, while several other Grammy performers received boosts on the U.S. charts.

“Babel,” which won the coveted Album of the Year prize at the Grammy awards on February 10, sold 185,000 copies according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. The band also performed twice on the live television broadcast, which was watched by 28 million people.

The album was released in September 2012 and shot to the top of the Billboard 200 chart as one of the biggest-selling debuts of the year. It was ranked No. 4 last week before again claiming the top spot after its Grammy boost.

The official “2013 Grammy Nominees” compilation album, featuring songs by The Black Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry and Gotye, landed at No. 2 this week, with 87,000 copies sold.

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