Concord MusicJames Taylor is understandably thrilled his new album, Before This World — his first collection of new material in over a decade — has become his first chart-topping disc, entering the Billboard Top 200 at #1. He’s posted a video thanking his fans for giving him what he describes as a “totally new experience.”

“I didn’t dare hope that this album could actually debut on the charts at number one,” says James. “It’s a totally new experience for me, and that’s saying something. And for that I thank you, and your support and your enthusiasm and your interest.”

James adds he “really believes” in Before This World, adding “I think it’s an excellent album; it’s the best we can do.” He notes, “We’re celebrating all day long here — all week long, actually. But again, it’s all because of you and no one knows it better than me. Thank you and carry on.”

James is now #3 on Billboard’s Artist 100, which tracks artist activity across Billboard’s most influential charts. Who’s at #1? None other than Taylor Swift, who was named after James.

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