Bob Dylan enters the UK chart at number 1 with his ninth album on the territory, Rough and noisy ways (Columbia / Sony).
Dylan’s 39th studio release offers 34,000 opening combo units, of which 29,000 were as CD purchases. Therefore, he becomes the oldest artist to obtain number 1 new and original material and, at 79 years and one month, the oldest male solo artist to achieve a bestseller. Beats Rod Stewart, who was 74 years and 11 months old when his orchestral rework album, You are in my heart, reached the summit last December.
The recently deceased Dame Vera Lynn still holds the record as the oldest artist overall to reach No. 1, at 92 when she did so in 2009 with We will meet again: the best of Vera Lynn. His death on June 18 leads to his most recent compilation 100 to re-enter number 19 on the new list.
In an exceptional week for classic rock acts, Neil Young comes in at number 2 with his eleventh top ten (including two as a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young), Homegrown (Reprise / Warner) It’s the best-selling title of the week on vinyl. Young has not been as prominent on the UK album chart since Sleep with the angels It also reached number 2 in 1994.
Lady Gaga’s Chromatic (Interscope / Universal) is down 2-3 and Lewis Capaldi Divinely uninspired to a hellish degree (EMI / Universal) 3-4. Harry Styles Thin line (Columbia / Sony) remains at number 5. There is a milestone for Phoebe Bridgers, as the Californian singer-songwriter appears in the top 40 in the UK for the first time, debuting at number 6 with Punisher.
Meanwhile, Dababy’s “Rockstar” (Interscope / Universal), with Roddy Ricch, begins an aggregate sixth week on top of the Official Charts Company singles poll.
Dababy’s continued reign is powered by 7.7 million streams, helping him finish 13,000 combined units ahead of Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s “Rain On Me” (Republic / Interscope / Universal), which is back in Issue 2. Topic’s “Breaking Me” (Positive / Universal) with A7S goes up 4-3.
There’s a quick 22-4 climb for Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo (RCA / Sony) for “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)”. S1mba’s “Rover” (Parlophone / Warner) with DTG drops 3-5 and Styles’ “Watermelon Sugar” is in the top ten for the first time in its twentieth week of charts, improving 11-7.