Jun 25, 2015
Before This World has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 in it’s first week! Though James has had eleven albums reach “Top Ten” in his career, this is his first #1 album.
James is so grateful for your support and he wanted to send you a personal thanks via video. See his message here.
Jun 24, 2015
After a 45-year wait, legendary singer/songwriter James Taylor has earned his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with Before This World. The album, which was released on June 16 through Concord Records, arrives atop the chart dated July 4 — more than 45 years after Taylor arrived on the list with Sweet Baby James (on the March 14, 1970 list).
The new album launches atop the Billboard 200 with 97,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending June 21, according to Nielsen Music. Of its start, pure album sales equated to 96,000 copies sold — Taylor’s best debut week for an album since his last studio effort, 2002’s October Road, launched at No. 4 with 154,000 sold.
Jun 23, 2015
James has been a busy guy this last week, dashing around New York City to promote his just-released new album Before This World.
Tuesday night saw James and the band perform at the legendary Apollo Theatre, an invitation-only affair that was streamed live on SiriusXM. Click here to see a clip of “Today Today Today” from the show. Two nights later, James was back on the air at SiriusXM for a Town Hall Q&A hosted by legendary sportscaster, Bob Costas with a small group of fans. Highlights from that event can be listened to here.
That’s not all: On Wednesday night James was a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers last week, performing “Angels Of Fenway” and sitting for a chat with Seth, which can be viewed in two parts, here and here.
Giving the morning shows a turn, James also stopped off at Live with Kelly and Michael to perform two songs, and swung by Morning Joe for a conversation with Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Mike Barnicle.
Jun 23, 2015
A few weeks back James held a Q&A with fans on Facebook (read the full transcript here). He had so much fun that he’s doing it again, only this time on Reddit. Join James at 3 pm EDT tomorrow (June 24) for a live interview session!
Jun 18, 2015
James had some fun on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon last night, opening the show with “Two James Taylors On A Seesaw”. Click the image below to watch, and then visit NBC.com to see James and the band perform Before This World‘s “Stretch Of The Highway”.
James will guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers tonight — check out the Schedule page to see all of his upcoming appearances, as well as the dates on his summer tour, kicking off July 2 in Allentown, PA!
Jun 16, 2015
Music legend James Taylor hasn’t released an album of new material since “October Road” in 2002. But it’s not as if he hasn’t been composing in the interim.
“I’m constantly making little musical recordings on my phone or on a little voice recorder I carry with me, just to remember these little pieces of music that eventually become songs,” he Taylor told Here & Now’s Robin Young.
But he needed time alone to focus on the process of “writing lyrics and putting the puzzles together.” So Taylor decided to sequester himself away from his family for short periods of time.
“After a couple of days of waiting and just sitting there, experiencing the solitude, songs began to come through,” he said. James Taylor releases the resulting album, “Before This World,” today.
Jun 16, 2015
Before This World, James’s long-awaited new studio album, is available now. Order today from Amazon, iTunes or JamesTaylor.com; or pick it up at your favorite local record shop!
And make sure you check out the new Before This World section, where you can read the album’s lyrics and liner notes in the ebooklet, check out photos from the recording sessions and watch behind-the-scenes video!
Jun 16, 2015
James and his All Star Band performed three songs in Rockefeller Plaza for The Today Show yesterday morning, while James had a chat with hosts Savannah Guthrie and Carson Daly as well.
Check out that conversation and all three performances at Today.com and make sure you visit the Schedule page — James has got a full slate this week, including his invite-only show at the Apollo Theater tonight (streaming live on SSiriusXm’s James Taylor channel, #17) and a stop on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. See the complete list here.
Jun 12, 2015
Before This World is almost here. Ahead of the release next Tuesday, click the image below to see James discuss the evolution of the new song “Stretch Of The Highway”, and then visit the Video Gallery for more entries in the Behind The Song series, as well as other Before This World related videos.
Jun 11, 2015
On May 28, 2015, James logged into the James Taylor Facebook page and conducted his first online Q&A. The response from the fans was overwhelming–with 4000+ questions asked during the 3.5 hour live session. James wasn’t able to respond to everyone but thanks to all who came out and participated! Below is a complete transcript of the afternoon’s conversation. James will host another live Q&A session soon, so stay tuned!