Nearly a half-century after he first charted, James Taylor has landed his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 albums chart with his new, Concord Records release, Before This World. Taylor sold 97,000 equivalent album units in the disc's first week of release.
Taylor Swift's 1989 held the No. 2 spot after selling 57,000 albums. Adam Lambert's third album, The Original High, debuted at No. 3 on sales of 47,000 units.
Ed Sheeran's X jumps from No. 6 to No. 4 after moving 39,000 units, and Hilary Duff's Breathe In. Breathe Out. enters the chart At No. 5 on sales of 39,000 units.
Country singer Sam Hunt rose one spot to No. 6. Nate Ruess, lead singer of fun, saw his solo debut, Grand Romantic, sell 31,000 units in its first week of release.
Meghan Trainor's Title jumped from No. 10 to No. 8; Maroon 5's V held steady at No. 9; and Mumford & Sons' Wilder Mind rounded out the top 10 after leaping from No. 19.
In other chart news, Billboard announced that the album chart tracking week will be changing in accordance with the global release date change made earlier this year by the IFPI. New albums will go on sale Friday instead of the current Tuesday, resulting in a Friday to Thursday chart week, instead of the previous Monday through Sunday cycle. In order to account for the change, Nielsen Music (who tracks sales) will incorporate an 11-day cycle from Monday, June 29, through Thursday, July 19.