Mumford & Sons may have been dubbed the Muse of folk music for their ability to ratchet up sales in the US and to divide opinion. But it looks as if the real Muse is set to knock Mumfords off the UK album chart.
The rockers from Devon have sold nearly 70,000 copies of their sixth studio album The 2nd Law, threatening to topple Mumford & Son's Babel, which has been number 1 in both the UK and US album charts this week.
Muse could take the top spot in the UK Official Album Chart this Sunday 7 October despite Babel being hailed as the fastest-selling album of 2012 having shifted over 159,000 last week.
One Direction and Rihanna are going head-to-head for the top spot in the Official Singles Chart, with sales of 1D's "Take Me Home" inching ahead of "Diamonds" by a couple of hundred.