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James Taylor: How sweet it is (to finally have a No. 1 record)

James Taylor: How sweet it is (to finally have a No. 1 record)

He's seen fire and he's seen rain -- and now he's seen a No. 1 album. For the first time in his nearly half-century career, James Taylor topped the Billboard 200 Wednesday with his latest record, "Before This World." The singer-songwriter's first set of new songs since 2002's "October Road" (which opened at No. 4), "Before This World" sold 96,000 copies during the week that ended Sunday, according to Nielsen Music. As Billboard's Keith Caulfield points out, Taylor now holds the record for the second-longest wait for a No. 1 album; his initial appearance on the chart came in 1970 with "Sweet Baby James." Only Tony...

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