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Mumford & Sons Rules "Billboard" 200 for Second Week; Muse Debuts at #2

Image courtesy of Glassnote Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Glassnote Records (via ABC News Radio)

For the first time in 20 years, two British rock bands have secured the top two slots on the Billboard 200 album chart.

Mumford & Sons ’ Babel remains at #1 on the tally this week, with 169,000 copies sold, while Muse scored their highest-charting release to date with The 2nd Law , debuting at #2 with 101,000 copies sold its first week out, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The last time two bands from the U.K. dominated the top two spots was on May 9, 1992 when Def Leppard ’s Adrenalize spent its fourth week at #1 and The Cure ’s Wish took over the #2 slot.

Meanwhile, Three Days Grace clocked in at #5 with their fourth studio album, Transit of Venus , which sold 48,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Transit of Venus marks the band’s third album to visit the top 10. 2009's Life Starts Now scored the #3 spot on the Billboard 200 album chart its first week of release, while 2006’s One-X peaked at #5.

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