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James Taylor And Tony Bennett Have One Thing In Common

June 28th, 2015 10:00am EDT
James Taylor's Amazing Journey: Taylor Scores First No. 1 Album
"How Sweet It Is" for James Taylor!

The iconic singer and guitarist scored his first number one on the Billboard 200 with the release of his latest album, "Before This World," at the young age of 67 years old! But he isn't the only one to accomplish such a feat!

Only forty-seven years after his debut album, "Before This World" sold 97,000 copies in its debut week, according to Rolling Stone. This allows the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer to enjoy his first ever number one.

"Before This World" is Taylor's first collection of new music in 13 years.

The singer of hits such as "How Sweet It Is...
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At 67 James Taylor Did This For The First Time -- See Details

June 25th, 2015 8:37am EDT
James Taylor Earns First No. 1 Album At Age 67
Prepare to be shocked! 67-year old veteran singer/songwriter James Taylor debuts at # 1 on the Billboard 200 with Before This World, impacting to the tune of 97,000 units, which was almost entirely sales. Those are solid numbers by all means for anybody regardless of age or status. Why is the news shocking about Taylor debuting "in the penthouse?" It's because as unbelievable as it may be, until this particular album, Taylor experienced a career-long drought in the "#1 album" department. Taylor had scored a #1 single before, but until Before This World, the “You’ve Got A Friend” singer exp...
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Longtime Band Scores First No. 1 Album

June 18th, 2015 9:45am EDT
Muse Rocks Its Way To First No. 1 Album With 'Drones'
Another week and another new number one album on the Billboard 200. This week, British alternative band Muse takes the top spot with Drones, their first number one album. Muse’s numbers weren’t the sexiest ever, but the 84,000 units are respectable, with nearly all of those units being pure sales. Interestingly, Muse’s last three albums have debuted in reverse order – The Resistance at #3, The 2nd Law at #2, and now Drones at #1. Wasn’t Muse totally destined to spend some time in the penthouse eventually?

The only other newbie to the Billboard 200 top ten this week came courtesy of ...
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Band Scores Its First No. 1 Album

June 11th, 2015 8:15am EDT
Florence + The Machine Debuts At No. 1 On The Billboard 200
Men, women, and children everywhere, get ready for a total shocker on the albums chart this week. Florence + The Machine scores its first #1 album of its career with How Big, How Big, How Beautiful. Total shocker right? – Totally NOT as all indications suggested that front woman Florence Welch and company was about to “come up.” Kudos, as the alternative band impacted to the tune of 137,000 units, most of which were sales themselves. Compared to the opening performance of previous album Ceremonials, how does the sales of How Big… compare? In sales alone, How Big… wins, with about a 25,00...
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A$AP Rocky Scores

June 4th, 2015 8:55am EDT
A$AP Rocky Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200
In the biggest SHOCKER of the week (can you sense the sarcasm?), A$AP Rocky scores his second number one album of his career with At.Long.Last.A$AP. In a week not characterized by its star power, it was expected that the New York City rapper would easily reach the top of the charts. According to Billboard, Rocky’s impact was respectable at 146,000 units, on par with the 147,000 units that last week’s number one album – Twenty One Pilots’ Blurryface – moved. In regards to pure sales, A$AP Rocky’s debut album outperformed his sophomore effort. Still, six-figure sales are a rarity these da...
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Billboard Gets Some New Fresh Faces

May 28th, 2015 9:29am EDT
Twenty One Pilots
It’s a good year to be Twenty One Pilots – more specifically a good charting week! The alternative duo’s second album for a major label, Blurryface takes the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 this week, to the tune of 147,000 units. Nearly 92% of those 146,000 units are pure sales, formerly the means that the Billboard 200 was constructed. Blurryface easily surpasses Twenty One Pilots’ previous effort, Vessel, which has expanded it sales recently, but still hasn’t sold enough to achieve a certification by the RIAA.

Twenty One Pilots weren’t the only newbies to the chart this week. Zedd ar...
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Streisand To Set Record Straight

May 21st, 2015 11:45am EDT
Barbra Streisand To Release Memoir In 2017
Barbra Streisand is reportedly writing a memoir which will set the record straight about her life and career, to be published in 2017.

Streisand has signed a deal with Viking/Penguin and the news was announced by the publishing magnate on May 20.

The memoir will reportedly focus on her childhood and career but also detail aspects of her personal life. Streisand has remained private throughout the course of her lengthy career, even as her high-profile marriages to fellow actors Elliott Gould and James Brolin had their ebbs and falls.

The 73-year-old singer, actress and director has been j...
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'Pitch Perfect 2' Tops This Week

May 21st, 2015 9:58am EDT
The 'Pitch Perfect 2' Soundtrack Is Aca-Awesome At No. 1
Who had an “Aca-awesome” week on the Billboard 200? That would be the original motion picture soundtrack for Pitch Perfect 2, which debuts at #1. Pitch Perfect 2 definitely benefitted from the success of the original Pitch Perfect soundtrack and movie, hence the energetic 107,000 units start. Lately, soundtracks have been on a roll on the albums chart, and Pitch Perfect 2 isn’t about to end the run.

Besides Pitch Perfect 2, the only other new release to enter the top 10 was Incubus’ EP, Trust Fall (Side A), which landed at #6 with a modest 40,000 units. With Incubus’ EP being the fi...
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How Did Mumford & Sons New Album Perform?

May 14th, 2015 10:09am EDT
Mumford & Sons Take ‘Wilder Mind’ To No. 1 On Billboard
Unsurprisingly, Mumford & Sons cruised to a career second #1 album with Wilder Mind. Despite retooling their banjo-heavy style, plenty of people still joined the British band’s party – 249,000 to be exact, with most of those equating to copies sold. Go back three years earlier when Babel and mad banjo were still thriving, and the numbers were loftier to the tune of 600,000. Still, given the new normal of album sales and a new way to calculate the overall impact of an album, Mumford & Sons performed well.

It wasn’t all about Wilder Mind contrary to popular belief (or the majority of s...
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This Rock Band Has Its First No. 1 Album

April 30th, 2015 9:11am EDT
Alabama Shakes’ Sophomore Album Rocks To The Top Of The Billboar
Alabama Shakes have great reason to celebrate as their sophomore album Sound & Color tops the Billboard 200 this week. Sound & Color didn’t exactly break sales records with the 91,000 copies it sold (96,000 overall units per Billboard), but it was enough to give the rock band its first number one album and best sales week. Alabama must be proud!

Alabama Shakes’ album was definitely the most popular of the week, but Yelawolf got some love this week too. And guess where he’s from – Alabama! After his debut album Radioactive flopped, Yelawolf’s sophomore set Love Story debuts at #3. Of ...
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