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Billboard Rock Charts - February 23, 2013

Mumford & Sons Ride Grammy Win to Chart Success

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Mumford & Sons - 'Babel'

Photo courtesy Big Hassle.
As soon as Babel was announced Sunday night at the Grammys for Album of the Year, I figured it would only help the disc on the Billboard Rock Charts. That prediction turned out to be correct.

Rock Songs Chart

1. The Lumineers - "Ho Hey" (Purchase/Download)
2. Mumford & Sons - "I Will Wait" (Purchase/Download)
3. Imagine Dragons - "It's Time" (Purchase/Download)
4. Phillip Phillips - "Home" (Purchase/Download)
5. Ed Sheeran - "The A Team" (Purchase/Download)

The Lumineers may have gone home empty-handed after the Grammy ceremony, but cheer up, folks: You still have the No. 1 song on the Rock Songs chart. "Ho Hey" has now been on top for 11 weeks in a row. But shooting up to No. 2 (from No. 7) is "I Will Wait" from Mumford & Sons.

Rock Airplay Chart

1. Muse - "Madness" (Purchase/Download)
2. The Lumineers - "Ho Hey" (Purchase/Download)
3. Mumford & Sons - "I Will Wait" (Purchase/Download)
4. The Black Keys - "Little Black Submarines" (Purchase/Download)
5. Imagine Dragons - "Radioactive" (Purchase/Download)

For 10 of the last 11 weeks, Muse's "Madness" has owned the Rock Airplay chart. However, the Lumineers and Mumford & Sons switch places, with "Ho Hey" leaping up to No. 2.

Rock Digital Songs

1. Fall Out Boy - "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)" (Purchase/Download)
2. The Lumineers - "Ho Hey" (Purchase/Download)
3. Mumford & Sons - "I Will Wait" (Purchase/Download)
4. Phillip Phillips - "Home" (Purchase/Download)
5. Ed Sheeran - "The A Team" (Purchase/Download)

Usually, I skip over the Rock Digital Songs chart since it closely matches up with the Rock Songs chart. This week, though, it's notable because Fall Out Boy's new single, "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)," landed at No. 1 in its first week. This isn't that surprising: The band haven't put out a new album in five years, and their latest, Save Rock and Roll, will be arriving in mid-April.

Rock Albums Chart

1. Mumford & Sons - Babel (Purchase/Download)
2. Red - Release the Panic (Purchase/Download)
3. Coheed and Cambria - The Afterman: Descension (Purchase/Download)
4. The Lumineers - The Lumineers (Purchase/Download)
5. 2013 Grammy Nominees (Purchase/Download)

Babel has already been certified platinum, but after its Grammy win it's only going to rack up more sales. On the Rock Albums chart, it returns to the No. 1 spot. At No. 2 is Release the Panic, the latest disc from Christian rockers Red. Our other debut comes from Coheed and Cambria, who land at No. 3 with The Afterman: Descension, which is the follow-up to last year's The Afterman: Ascension.

Alternative Songs Chart

1. Muse - "Madness" (Purchase/Download)
2. Imagine Dragons - "Radioactive" (Purchase/Download)
3. The Black Keys - "Little Black Submarines" (Purchase/Download)
4. Of Monsters and Men - "Mountain Sound" (Purchase/Download)
5. Mumford & Sons - "I Will Wait" (Purchase/Download)

At 19 weeks, "Madness" is now the longest-running No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart of all time. But that's not the only track from The 2nd Law drawing interest from listeners: The single "Panic Station" is rising, currently sitting at No. 20.

Alternative Albums Chart

1. Mumford & Sons - Babel (Purchase/Download)
2. Red - Release the Panic (Purchase/Download)
3. Coheed and Cambria - The Afterman: Descension (Purchase/Download)
4. The Lumineers - The Lumineers (Purchase/Download)
5. fun. - Some Nights (Purchase/Download)

Mumford & Sons also reclaim the top spot on the Alternative Albums chart. Another Grammy winner, fun., also made an impact on this chart: Some Nights reenters the Top Five.

Hard Rock Albums Chart

1. Red - Release the Panic (Purchase/Download)
2. Coheed and Cambria - The Afterman: Descension (Purchase/Download)
3. Silverstein - This Is How the Wind Shifts (Purchase/Download)
4. Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day (Purchase/Download)
5. Hatebreed - The Divinity of Purpose (Purchase/Download)

The Divinity of Purpose plunges from No. 1 to No. 5 on this week's Hard Rock Albums chart but, no, that doesn't mean Babel took its place. Release the Panic debuts at No. 1. (If Mumford & Sons had topped the Hard Rock Albums chart, it would really be time to release some panic.)

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