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Bob Dylan's 'Rough and Rowdy Ways' album becomes worldwide hit

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Mon, Jun 29th 2020 10:30 am

High-ranking global chart positions match album’s critical acclaim

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’s entry on the U.S. on Billboard’s Top 200 is Dylan’s highest chart debut in this country since 2009, and marks the artist’s 18th studio album to debut in the U.S. Top 10. “Rough And Rowdy Ways” has also debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s top album sales chart.

The 10-track “Rough and Rowdy Ways” is Dylan’s first album of new songs since becoming the only songwriter to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016 – an award bestowed upon him by the Swedish Academy “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” Critical response to “Rough and Rowdy Ways” has been rapturous, with many calling the album a masterpiece and one of the strongest works in Dylan’s canon.

Dylan has released seven studio albums within the past 23 years, a creative span that also included the recording of an Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning composition "Things Have Changed," from the film “Wonder Boys” in 2001. A worldwide best-selling memoir, “Chronicles Vol. 1,” spent 19 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List in 2004 and was recently named the greatest rock memoir of all time by Rolling Stone. He is the recipient of the Officier de la Legion d'honneur in 2013, Sweden's Polar Music Award in 2000, a doctorate from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and numerous other honors.

Dylan has sold more than 125 million records around the world. “Rough and Rowdy Ways” is the artist’s 39th studio album.

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