Most weeks, the highest of the Billboard album chart is a narrative of hip-hop, extra hip-hop and possibly a pop star. This week it additionally options Bob Dylan, the 79-year-old songwriter and cultural chameleon who 4 years in the past received the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Whereas the chart’s No. 1 spot is held this week by the rapper Lil Child’s “My Flip” for a 3rd time in a row — and a fourth general — Dylan opens at No. 2 with “Tough and Rowdy Methods,” his 39th studio album, which is his 23rd time within the High 10.
“Tough and Rowdy Methods,” Dylan’s first album of latest songs in eight years — his final three have been collections of conventional pop requirements — bought 51,000 copies in the US, based on Nielsen Music. Factoring in its three million streams, the LP was credited with the equal of 53,000 gross sales, based on the method that Nielsen and Billboard now use to reconcile the completely different ways in which followers devour music.
Dylan’s album has been hailed by critics as one in every of his greatest, and most beguiling, in years. “Murder Most Foul,” the 17-minute last monitor, is a rhapsodic evocation of American historical past within the wake of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963; by one count, it alludes to a minimum of 74 different songs.
According to Billboard, Dylan is the primary artist to succeed in the High 40 with a brand new album in every decade from the 1960s to the 2020s. (He could face competitors from Barbra Streisand, who has logged a No. 1 in every decade from the ’60s via the 2010s, and has not launched an album in two years.)
Lil Child’s “My Flip” held the highest spot this week with the equal of 70,000 gross sales, together with 107 million streams. Additionally this week, the New York rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie jumped 77 spots to No. 3, after releasing an expanded model of his album “Hoodie 2.0,” which had arrived on the chart in February, at No. 2.
DaBaby’s “Blame It on Child” is in fourth place, and Put up Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” is No. 5. The R&B singer Teyana Taylor opened at No. eight with “The Album.”