Dylan Earns First No. 1 Album Since 1976
For the first time in 30 years, Bob Dylan tops The Billboard 200 with "Modern Times." Not only is it the legendary songwriter's first album to reach the throne since "Desire" in 1976, it's also his highest debuting album and his best sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. The Columbia set moved 192,000 copies in the United States in its first week.
"Modern Times" is Dylan's third consecutive top 10 studio set, following 1997's "Time Out of Mind" and 2001's "Love & Theft." Aside from "Desire" and "Modern Times," only two other Dylan albums assumed the plateau on the chart: 1974's "Planet Waves" and the 1975 classic "Blood on the Tracks."
NOTE FROM BB: If you can catch this week's Theme Time Radio Hour on XM or AOL Radio - do it and do it now. The theme for this week - the Bible. I've gotten more out of an hour with Dylan than two weeks in Columbus. "You can go to your college, you can go to your school, but if you don't have Jesus then you're an educated fool," Dylan quotes one of the songs on this episode of Theme Time Radio Hour. Blessed are the cheesemakers.