The Times Aren’t Changing: Dylan heads for No. 1

05.01.09 9 years ago

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Although the sales charts don’t close until Sunday night, Bob Dylan looks to be a lock at No. 1 next week with “Together Through Life,” his 33rd album. Worship Dylan or not, there’s something remarkable about his ability to come in at No. 1 these days at the ripe age of 67 and in the fifth decade of his professional career. It’s downright inspirational.

This will be his second straight No. 1 album and, according to Hits Daily Double, it will sell north of 120,000 copies, handily topping the “Hannah Montana” soundtrack by 50,000 or so. The only other debut likely to land in the top 10 is “The Devil You Know,” from Heaven & Hell. Heaven & Hell is basically Black Sabbath (in this case, Ronnie James Dio, Tommy Iommi, Geeze Butler and Vinny Appice). The group’s name is taken from the classic 1980 Black Sabbath album. This is the quartet’s first album in 17 years. Hits projects the title will sell between 30,000 and 35,000. 

Otherwise, last week’s No. 1, Rick Ross, will likely drop to No. 3, slightly ahead of releases from Rascal Flatts and Lady GaGa

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