The sophomore album from England’s Mumford & Sons just obliterated the year’s best debuts by a wide margin. Babel sold 600,000 copies in its first week, dusting Justin Bieber’s until-now-2012-winning 374,000 for Believe and Madonna’s second place 359,000 for MDNA. Perhaps more remarkably, Babel notched the strongest week for a rock record since 2008, when AC/DC dropped Black Ice to the tune of 784,000 sold. Adele’s 21 still has the year’s biggest week, courtesy of the 730,000 copies it sold right after the Grammys in February.
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - DECEMBER 11: Mumford & Sons performs at the 22nd Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Concert - Show - Day 2 at Gibson Amphitheatre on December 11, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage) Photo: Michael Loccisano/2012 Getty Images