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In 1971, celebrated US country singer-songwriter James Taylor scored a US No. 1 hit with his single, You’ve Got a Friend.

Buyers have finally reciprocated that sentiment behind the song with a more substantive tribute. After a 45-year-long wait—since producing his first record back in 1970—Taylor finally has a No 1. album to his credit.

A prolific musician and iconic in stature, 67-year-old Taylor’s latest album Before This World went straight to the US Billboard 200 at No.1 after being released on 16 June, his website announced on Thursday.

Gratifyingly for millions of his fans around the world, Taylor surged ahead of pop singers Taylor Swift, Adam Lambert and Hilary Duff, as also the English rock band Muse.

Before This World, Taylor’s first studio album of new songs in 13 years sold 96,000 copies and 9,000 individual songs. It was streamed 411,000 times, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures.

“Taylor surpasses Black Sabbath for the second-longest wait for a No. 1—the rock band’s first chart topper, 2013’s 13—came 43 years after their self-titled debut bowed on Aug 29, 1970," James Taylor’s website said. “Tony Bennet’s 54-year-wait for his first No.1 remains the longest—between the Feb 23, 1957 debut of Tony and the No. 1 launch of Duets II on Oct 8, 2011."

Taylor’s first album Sweet Baby James was released on 14 March 1970.

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