Mumford & Sons are canceling the upcoming festival appearances in Denmark and Sweden as Marcus Mumford broke his hand. The band was scheduled to play the Hultsfred Festival this Saturday. An appearance on Northside Festival in Denmark is also canceled.
“It’s with sorrow in my heart that we were informed that Mumford & Sons are forced to cancel its concert at the Hultsfred Festival,” Ami Mörén, the Hultsfred festival’s press contact. According to Aftonbladet, the festival is working hard to find a replacement. I first wrote about the group in March 2011. According to DN, Mumford & Sons were one of the highlights alongside The Stone Roses, The Cure and Cardigans
According to SvD, Mumford & Sons new album will be released this September. The group played The Way Out West Festival in Gothenburg in 2010.
Their debut album ‘Sigh No More’ was released back in October 2009, peaking at No.2 in the UK two years later. The set includes four singles – ‘Little Lion Man,’ ‘Winter Winds,’ ‘The Cave’ as well as ‘Roll Away Your Stone.’ The album has so far sold 2.2m copies in the US alone.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. According to MusicWeek, one out of ten albums sold in the UK was Adele’s. Her amazing performance helped the whole market to survive a slump. Her 21 album still tops the UK album chart, while Adele’s debut 19 resurged in sales. In total, 2.22m copies were shifted in the first quarter resulting in a 1.5% growth year-on-year. Subtracting Adele’s figures, the record market would drop 8.7% year-on-year instead. WelcheMusic will keep a close eye on the development.
Not since Dire Straits’ 1986 set Brothers in Arms, an album has spent that many weeks atop the album chart in the UK.
CHART SPOTLIGHT. The British group Mumford & Sons remains at No.3 this week on the Billboard 200 with the debut album Sign No More. Add that it spends its 50th week on the tally and an amazing story unfolds. Surely there are albums of late that have had lengthy chart runs. But ever so often, sets debut at a high position only to fall back and in cases where there aren’t any radio hits interest fades.
Sigh No More was released in October 2009 in the UK, peaking at No.2 in February 2011. It took 72 weeks for the group to reach its peak and Mumford & Sons got a fair boost from winning the BRIT Awards. According to Music Week, Munford & Sons has broken through the 1m sales barrier in the US.
We’ve already highlighted that David Bowie’s “Heroes” claims the UK top spot. One might think that there is a shortage of new material as the classic Elton John track “Your Song” is back on the charts. Easily one of the most covered tracks, Ellie Goulding the single is her most successful to date, beating the No.4 peak of “Starry Eyes.” “Your Song” is to be included on the re-release of her debut album Bright Lights.
In an unusual feat, the track has actually climbed 39-3-2 in its third week. One of the key reasons is its inclusion in the Christmas 2010 TV advert for the department store chain John Lewis. The new version was produced by Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett.
Originally titled Lights, the re-release of Ellie Goulding’s album will contain six brand-new tracks. To date, five singles has been lifted off the set so far. Originally released in March 2010, the set knocked Lady Gaga’sThe Fame off the No.1 spot. Goulding was born in 1986 and made her breakthrough via the BBC Sound of 2010 poll. She also earned the Critics’ Choice Award at the 2010 BRIT Awards. The singer is also the guest vocalist on Tinie Tempah’s “Wonderman.”