'Before This World,' 1 Week on the Billboard 200
When James Taylor's managers Sam Feldman and Michael Gorfaine called the artist to say Before This World hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Taylor, 67, revealed that he had never had a No. 1 album in the 45 years since he first charted with his 1970 LP, Sweet Baby James. Those who worked on the release attribute its success -- including two Grammy nominations, one for best pop vocal album -- in part to Concord Records' willingness to give Taylor the time he needed to make the album he wanted and an astute marketing and promotion strategy.