It's official: Mumford & Sons' "Babel" has earned the biggest debut of any album this year in the U.S.
The group's second album sold 600,000 in its first week -- according to Nielsen SoundScan -- and becomes the rock quartet's first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It's also the first No. 1 for its record label, Glassnote Records.
Here are some of the amazing statistics on "Babel's" first week:
Largest Debut Sales Week of 2012: With 600,000 sold, "Babel" easily trumps the first-week racked by Justin Bieber's "Believe" (374,000), which had owned the largest debut of the year until now. "Believe" falls to second place in terms of the 2012's biggest starts, followed by Madonna's "MDNA" (359,000) and P!nk's "The Truth About Love" (280,000).
Biggest Sales Week for a Rock Album Since 2008: The album notches the best week for a rock set since AC/DC's "Black Ice" bowed at No. 1 with 784,000 on the Nov. 8, 2008 chart.
Not too shabby!! Cheers, bros!