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James Taylor Heading for His First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

James Taylor
Timothy White

James Taylor

Forty-five years after debuting on the Billboard 200 chart, James Taylor is set for his first No. 1 album. Industry forecasters suggest the singer/songwriter’s new studio effort, Before This World, could earn around 75,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 21. The album is his first studio set since 2002’s October Road.

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The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Billboard 200’s top 10 will be revealed on Wednesday, June 24.

Taylor has previously logged 11 top 10 albums, including seven top five efforts. His highest charting set thus far is 1971’s Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, which four weeks at No. 2 behind Carole King’s Tapestry album. (Taylor and King would later collaborate for the 2010 set Live at the Troubadour, which reached No. 4.)

Other albums on course for significant debuts include Adam Lambert’s The Original High (which could do 35,000), Hilary Duff’s Breathe In. Breathe Out. (25,000) and Nate RuessGrand Romantic (25,000).