Philadelphia’s Amos Lee released his latest LP of funky folk, Mission Bell, last week. Yesterday, it reached #1 on Billboard’s album chart, a milestone that used to be every artist’s dream, but now, signifies nothing as much as the swiftly changing music industry. Lee’s album, with only 40,000 copies sold, immediately became the lowest-selling LP ever to reach Billboard’s #1.
Lee, who was born in Philly and went to Cherry Hill HS East, had released three previous albums on Blue Note, none approaching the popularity of his latest effort. The artist, whose sound encompasses a kind of Stevie-Wonder-meets-James-Taylor-in-a-jazz-club vibe, has been busy promoting the album’s release, and headlining an International Tour, so he must be doing something right.
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