Bob Dylan lands ninth Number 1 album with Rough and Rowdy Ways, setting a new chart record

Neil Young, Phoebe Bridgers and NSG also debut in the Top 40, while the late Dame Vera Lynn returns to the Top 20.

Congratulations to Bob Dylan, who goes straight to Number 1 with his 39th studio album Rough and Rowdy Ways.

With 34,000 chart sales, including 29,000 purchased on CD, Rough and Rowdy Ways is the Legendary singer-songwriter’s ninth chart-topper, placing him alongside ABBA and Queen in terms of other acts who have also managed nine UK Number 1 albums. 

Bob Dylan also earns two new Official Chart records this week - becoming the oldest artist ever to score a Number 1 album of new original material, as well as becoming the oldest male solo artist to land a Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart.

See Bob Dylan's Official UK Chart history here.

At 79 years and one month old, Bob Dylan surpasses Paul Simon who was 74 years and 8 months when he topped the chart with new material Stranger To Stranger in 2016.

Dylan also leapfrogs Rod Stewart by four years and two months - Sir Rod’s title of the oldest male solo artist to earn a Number 1 album was short-lived, having only claimed it in December 2019 with orchestral rework collection You’re In My Heart’s, aged 74 years and 11 months. 

The oldest artist overall to reach Number 1 remains as the late Dame Vera Lynn, who was 92 when she hit the top spot in 2009 with her greatest hits collection We’ll Meet Again – The Very Best Of.

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Canadian songwriting legend Neil Young takes the Number 2 spot and the week’s best-selling vinyl release with Homegrown, his 11th Top 10 album (including two with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) and highest charting collection since 1994’s Sleeps with Angels.

Californian indie singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers lands a Top 40 album for the first time with second album Punisher, debuting at Number 6. The collection was the most popular purchase in UK independent record shops, taking Number 1 on this week’s Official Record Store Chart.

Outside of the Top 10, US heavy metal band Lamb of God debut at Number 16 with their self-titled eighth studio album, marking their third UK Top 20.

The late Dame Vera Lynn’s greatest hits album 100 re-enters the chart at Number 19, following her death last week at the age of 103. In May, Dame Vera became the oldest artist to land a Top 40 on the Official Albums Chart off the back of the 75th VE day anniversary celebrations.

Finally, East London Afro-Bashment six-piece NSG open at Number 37 with their 18-track mixtape Roots.

See the full Official Albums Chart Top 100