A mere half century after he launched his career....

Neil Diamond tops charts for first time


NEW YORK - In another busy week in the top tier of the Billboard 200, Neil Diamond's "Home Before Dark" zoomed in at No. 1, becoming his first chart-topping album.

The set got a big plug when Diamond appeared on "American Idol" two weeks ago, bolstering its 146,000 first-week U.S. sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The Rick Rubin-produced "Home" is Diamond's biggest debut sales week since SoundScan began tracking in 1991.

Attention must be paid. This man began his career in 1958. He penned "I'm a Believer" for the Monkees. Hits like "Solitary Man" hold up remarkably well.

Hard to think of any other artist who had to wait 50 years to hit the top of the charts