Bob Dylan's new album, "Rough and Rowdy Ways", has debuted in the Top 10 in 14 countries, including No. 1 chart entries in the U.K., Ireland, Norway, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Germany and Switzerland; No. 2 positions in the U.S., Australia, Belgium and Denmark; No. 3 in Sweden; and No. 4 in France and Italy. The album amassed 53,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. to become Dylan's highest charting album in over a decade.
Rough and Rowdy Ways was preceded by the 17-minute single "Murder Most Foul" - not exactly a commercial sure-thing.
Billboard has broken down Dylan's chart success over the decades. From the previous decade, 2009s "Together Through Life" debuted right at the top of the May edition of the Billboard 200. Units are made up by album sales, track equivalent albums and streaming equivalent albums. As it stands, however, Dylan has that area of chart history all to himself. He's pulled off many faces in his creative career, from the protest folky to the born again Christian, continuously working to alter his mysterious character.
Rock musician Bob Dylan has set a new record in the Billboard - he became the first artist in the history of the ranking, whose albums were top 40 for seven decades. Dylan managed eight in the '60s, fourteen in the '70s, seven in the 1980s, four in the '90s, another seven in 2000s, nine in the 2o10s and now one in the 2020s. "I was, yeah", replied a typically droll Dylan.
Murder Most Foul has already had 34,000 chart sales with 29,000 purchased on CD, according to Billboard.
The 79-year-old's album debuted at number two on the chart which ranks the most popular albums of the week in the US.
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