With 2009‘s Sigh No More, British folk rock group Mumford & Sons established themselves as one of the biggest groups in the world.  Their follow-up album Babel was highly-anticipated and, as a result, highly successful.  It managed to secure the top spot on the charts for a significant period of time.

The album was released in late September, and it’s finally been surpassed on the charts  in both England and in the United States (by drastically different artists).

Stateside, Seattle rapper and producer duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis unseated the top spot on the iTunes charts with their debut album The Heist.  That album was released independently by the artists, so top honors was quite the achievement (the number one album on iTunes is now Jason Aldean’s Night Train and The Heist has fallen to #6).

Today, NME ran an article with the headline “Jake Bugg’s debut album set to topple Mumford & Sons off Number One slot.” They’re talking, of course, about The UK with that statement.  The article also mentions the “massive radio play” of Jake Bugg’s single “Two Fingers,” reminding us all that, despite the similarities between the US and the UK music scenes, popular music can greatly vary from continent to continent.

Jake Bugg sounds much more like Mumford & Sons than Macklemore & Ryan Lewis do, incorporating folk elements into his indie rock sound.  Some tracks could even deserve reluctant Dylan comparisons.  Also “Two Fingers” really is a catchy song, and it wouldn’t be surprising if it gains “massive radio play” (at least on certain channels) in the United States as well.  Jake Bugg’s debut album is self-titled and was released via Mercury Records.

Check out a couple of videos from the newly appointed champions Jake Bugg and Macklemore below.

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