The Nobel laureate has done it again! Bob Dylan, the legendary folk singer and a poetic figure in the rapidly commercializing show business/music industry, is delivering fresh blows to the critics and the general public after topping the UK charts with his new album Rough and Rowdy Ways.
This is not only his ninth number one album, but as he turned 79, the album made a record for him, allowing him to become the oldest male solo artist to have a number one under his name.The 39th album for Dylan has been released the week previous, and the sales have amasses to 34,000, with 29,000 CD purchases to boot.
Dylan’s work has beaten Neil Young’s, 74, album Homegrown, which was released on the same day, and was in second place.
Dylan has also surpassed Paul Simon whose album Stranger To Stranger became number one in 2016 at the age of 74.The legendary singer now joins the likes of Queen and Abba with the achievement of nine number one albums in the UK, reports the Official Charts Company.
The late Dame Vera Lynn, who tragically passed away on 18 June, is still the oldest artist of all time to secure a number one after her We’ll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn came in top when she was aged 92.
Dylan’s new album has beaten the likes of Lady Gaga, Lewis Capaldi and Harry Styles for the top spot with their latest music coming in at third, fourth and fifth respectively in the UK’s top 100 official albums chart.Rough And Rowdy Ways is his first full-length release since 2017’s triple album of cover songs, aptly named Triplicate, and his first album of original songs since 2012’s Tempest.
In April, he had his first number one Billboard hit with the advance single Murder Most Foul, which references the assassination of John F.Kennedy and the American culture shaped in the wake of that tragedy. The nearly 17-minute song is his longest to date, eclipsing 1997’s Highlands by 25 seconds.
Though the song referenced major events of the 20th Century, Dylan saw it as tethered to events at hand.Earlier this month, the singer weighed in on the police killing of George Floyd in a rare interview.
The 79-year-old Nobel laureate said he was ‘sickened’ to see ‘George tortured to death like that’ in a conversation with The New York Times.He also expressed fear that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could be ‘a forerunner of something else to come,’ though the one-time born-again Christian doubted it was a biblical plague.
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