Forming in 2007, Mumford & Sons have become one of Britain’s biggest-selling folk rock bands of the modern day. Their mainstream success began when they released debut album, Sigh No More in 2009 in the UK and 2010 in the US. Exposing audiences to their music on such a global scale led to the album reaching number one in Australia, Ireland and New Zealand, as well as enjoying the number two spot on both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200 Chart.
As the band’s popularity grew, so did the sales of their debut album, which increased by an astonishing 266 per cent. This led to a US tour, which served as the platform for writing material for their second album, Babel. This was released in September 2012 and lead single I Will Wait premiered a month before the official album release. In the first week of its release in the US, the track sold 153,000 copies and by January 2013 this figure had risen to over a million. Becoming the band’s highest-charting song in both the US and the UK, it has received rave reviews from music critics all over the world.
The success of I Will Wait propelled second album Babel into the limelight, with the collection of songs debuting at number one in both the UK Album Chart and the US Billboard 200 Chart. The band had produced a work of folk rock art it would seem, as the album became the fastest selling of 2012 in the UK (selling over 158,000 copies in the first week of release) and achieved the milestone of being the biggest selling debut of any album in 2012 in the US (selling 600,000 in its first week and over a million copies globally).
The music industry has recognised and rewarded the band’s success, offering them numerous nominations and awards. To date, the band boast one ARIA Music Award, three Billboard Music Awards, two BenBoard Music Awards, two BRIT Awards, two Grammy Awards and one Q Award.
In 2013 the band took a short hiatus to work on a new album, WIlder Mind, which was released in May 2015.