Friday, April 12, 2024

James Taylor 1st Album in 12 Years Debuts at Number 1, Sells Twice as Many as Adam Lambert, Hillary Duff


James Taylor debuts at number 1 today with his first album in 12 years. He sold 95,000 copies of “Before this World,” which is pretty astonishing in itself. But how about this? He sold more than twice as many as the number 2 album, by contemporary act Adam Lambert. And nearly three times as many as Hillary Duff, at number 3. James Taylor is old enough to be the father of either of those two. Hah!

The timing is ironic, too. This week, Taylor’s famous first wife, Carly Simon, turns 70. (Taylor is four years younger.) The couple, married from 1972-83, have two grown children and grandchildren together.

Taylor’s album is a cut above everything else on the charts this week. Taylor’s voice sounds great, the songs are beautifully written– well I could do without the Red Sox song. And it’s extremely well produced. Ah, the value of real music.

Meantime, the success two years of the group “fun” doesn’t seem to have had much impact on the solo release from the group’s lead singer, Nate Ruess. His album sold a meager 27,543 albums. The “fun” may be over.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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