Mumford & Sons keep Muse from topping Billboard chart
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - It was a battle of the Brits on this week's Billboard 200 album chart as last week's record-breaking debut from Mumford & Sons held off rockers Muse to keep the top spot for a second week on Wednesday.
Muse's sixth studio album The 2nd Law entered the chart at No. 2 after selling 101,000 copies, the highest entry by the British band on the Billboard 200. It was not enough to topple folk band Mumford & Sons' Babel, which sold 169,000 copies in its second week, after debuting with a record 600,000 copies.
British boy band One Direction also made United States (US) chart history on Wednesday as its latest single Live While We're Young topped the Digital Songs chart with 34,000 downloads, the highest-selling first week single sales on that ranking by a British artist.
One Direction continued its wave of success in the US by landing three American Music Award nominations this week.