Between now and the airing of the GRAMMYs (February 10 on CBS), we’re going to look at and compare scrobbles from key nominees in the Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best New Artist categories. This week we’re looking at the nominees for Album of the Year, and today’s the turn of Babel by Mumford & Sons. To see all GRAMMY posts on Last.fm Originals to date, go here.
Bringing their version of bluegrass to the masses and dividing opinion along the way, the level of Mumford & Sons‘ success is undeniable. Love them or loathe them, they’ve convinced millions of the power of the banjo – and with a healthy 53,113,053 scrobbles from 1,126,043 listeners, Last.fm users are no exception.
Babel has been out a mere four months, but its release has compounded previous success for the band: as shown in the graph above, they weren’t lacking in listeners beforehand, and are now a fixture in the top 10 of our global artist charts. Lead single “I Will Wait” has proved a juggernaut, although its popularity has yet to reach that of “Little Lion Man”, their most popular track overall on Last.fm hailing from 2009 debut Sigh No More.
There’s no doubt that the band have a fair few fans who’ll be crossing their fingers for Babel to take the award, but historically the band haven’t been in luck at the GRAMMYs: nominated six times, they’ve walked away empty-handed. Catch the ceremony February 10 on CBS to see if they can do it this time, and stick with Last.fm Originals for our look at the nominees’ scrobble counts.