Bob Dylan’s Rough And Rowdy Ways Album Reaches # 1
Bob Dylan’s new Rough And Rowdy Ways became his ninth number one album.
The singer and songwriter, 79, also broke two chart records after becoming the oldest male solo artist to land a number one on the album charts and the oldest artist to land a number one album of new material. and original.
This is Dylan’s 39th album, it was released on June 19 and has already recorded 34,000 sales in the charts including 29,000 purchased on CD.
Unbelievable: Bob Dylan’s new Rough And Rowdy Ways became his ninth number one album (pictured in 2012)
Rough And Rowdy Ways beat 74-year-old Neil Young’s Homegrown album, released the same day, and was in second place.
Dylan also passed Paul Simon whose album Stranger To Stranger went number one in 2016 at the age of 74.
The legendary singer now joins Queen and Abba with the release of nine UK number one albums, the Official Charts Company reports.
The late Lady Vera Lynn, who tragically passed away on June 18, is still the oldest artist ever to rank number one after her.
Wow: The singer, 79, became the oldest male solo artist to land a number one on the album chart and the oldest artist to land a number one album of new material (pictured 1978)
The forces sweetheart Vera Lynn album 100 arrived at number 19 after her death last week.
Dylan’s new album beat Lady Gaga, Lewis Capaldi and Harry Styles for the top spot with their latest music ranking third, fourth and fifth respectively in the UK’s Top 100 Official Albums chart.
Rough And Rowdy Ways is his first full album since the 2017 triple cover album aptly named Triplicate and his first album of original songs since 2012’s Tempest.
In April, he landed his first Billboard number one with the single Murder Most Foul, which refers to the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the American culture shaped as a result of that tragedy.
The nearly 17-minute song is its longest to date, eclipsing the 1997 Highlands by 25 seconds.
Tragic: The late Lady Vera Lynn, who died this month, is still the oldest artist ever to get number one after her We’ll meet again at the age of 92 (pictured 2010)
Although the song made reference to major events of the 20th century, Dylan saw it as related to the current events.
Earlier this month, the singer weighed in on George Floyd’s murder by police in a rare interview.
The 79-year-old Nobel laureate said he was “disgusted” to see “George tortured to death like this” during a conversation with The New York Times.
He also expressed concern that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic was “a harbinger of something else to come”, although the former born-again Christian doubted it was a biblical plague.
Impressive: This is Dylan’s 39th album, it was released on June 19, and it has already recorded 34,000 chart sales with 29,000 purchased on CD (pictured in 2004)