Bob Dylan tops British album charts once again

By AFP

June 18, 2010 Updated May 3, 2009 at 3:11 PM EDT

Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan jumped to the top of Britain's album charts on Sunday, almost 40 years since he last held the number one slot here, the Official Charts Company said.

"Together Through Life", Dylan's 33rd studio album which was released here on April 28, went in straight at number one some 38 years and five months after he last claimed the top slot.

That was in 1970, when "New Morning" was released in October and reached number one on November 28.

Dylan's latest chart-topper is his seventh number one record in Britain, with "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" the first to win that accolade in 1964.

"Dylan is arguably our greatest cultural icon, and his words and music remain as relevant and as powerful today as they did five decades ago," said Gennaro Castaldo of music retail giant HMV.

"His albums always sell consistently well, but with demand for his catalogue of recordings up significantly in recent months, it's evident that Dylan is going through one of his zeitgeist moments, as a new generation of fans join his more established followers in appreciating his musical legacy."




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