Singles Charts and the Battle for Bullets

October 27, 2014 5:23 PM

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Singles Charts and the Battle for Bullets

In the record industry boom of the early 1970s, revenue from album sales was the mother lode. But the most effective way to break a new artist or take an existing act to the next level was the hit single. A single that permeated the nation's airwaves and galvanized the culture was the royal road to the multi-platinum LP.

Case in point: Tapestry, the second solo album from Carole King, co-writer with Gerry Goffin of such '60s classics as "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," "Up On The Roof," and "Goin' Back." Released in February 1971, Tapestry became the best-selling album of the year on the power of two hits: the sup...

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