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James Taylor just scored his first No. 1 album

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Jason Shaltz

James Taylor’s been in the music game for a while—he released his first of 17 albums in 1968—but he just proved it’s never too late to reach a new milestone: The “Fire & Rain” singer’s latest album, Before This Worlddebuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, an accomplishment that marks the first time one of his albums has ever topped the charts.

Although this is the first time his album has reached the coveted top spot, previous Taylor albums have come close: 1971’s Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon peaked at No. 2, and his other two most recent albums—2002’s October Road and 2008’s Covers—nabbed the No. 4 spot when they came out. 

Before This World was the first album of original songs Taylor’s released since 2002’s October Road. It came out on June 16 and sold 97,000 copies in its first week.