Thursday, September 07, 2006

For the first time in thirty years: Dylan hits #1 with "Modern Times"

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."

From Billboard

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.


Anonymous said...

Also downloadable (via a bittorrent) here. I'm looking forward to this one. thanks for the heads up!

Unknown said...

You bet - I was up way too late last night listening to it (see time of post!). That - and BabyBlue's beloved U2 iPod may be ready for last rites. It looked rather dire - and somewhat odd, listening to Bob's biblical tunes while attempting to raise from the dead the eighteen month old iPod. Soldier on!


Václav Patrik Šulik said...

I just got finished listening to this show. I was thrilled to hear this version of John the Revelator by Blind Willie Johnson. I have that track, but this version somehow seems "cleaner" or at least "crisper."

Good show -- enjoy your coffee -- have a great weekend.