Monday, May 20, 2024

79 Year Old Bob Dylan’s “Rough and Rowdy Ways” Sets Record, Debuts at Number 1 on iTunes, Amazon


It’s not a surprise but Bob Dylan has set a record in his career.

The 79 year old Nobel Prize winner’s first album of new material in eight years, “Rough and Rowdy Ways,” has debuted today at number 1 on Amazon and on iTunes.

Arriving on a wave of rave reviews, “R&R” is set to be Dylan’s biggest album ever. And it comes at a time when there’s not a lot else to divert attention away from him.

But today’s chart is notable for having three other albums in the top 10 all by quality musicians: John Legend, Jason Mraz, and Neil Young.

Young’s “Homegrown” album is just now being released after going on the shelf in 1975. It’s an important missing link in the Neil Young catalog.

The Dylan album is a luxe experience of 10 long songs dense with textured language and pop references. It may take a few listens for people under 30 who are used to the crap pop of the last decade. You can’t be looking at your phone, at Facebook, or texting idiotic emoji’s while you’re listening to “Rough and Rowdy Ways.” You have to listen.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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