Bob Dylan scored his first U.K. No. 1 album for more than 38 years yesterday as "Together Through Life" (Columbia/Sony BMG) debuted at the top. Tinchy Stryder’s "Number 1" (4th & Broadway/Universal Island), featuring N-Dubz, started a second week atop the singles chart.
The last of Dylan’s six previous bestsellers on the U.K. survey was "New Morning," which debuted at the summit in late 1970. Since then, he’s had two No. 2 peaks and six No. 3s; his last two studio releases, 2001’s "Love and Theft" and "Modern Times" in 2006, both entered at No. 3. All told, including compilations and soundtracks, "Together Through Life" is his 31st U.K. top ten album.
It beat English rock band the Enemy’s sophomore release "Music For The People" (Warner Bros.), which opened at No. 2 as the follow-up to their chart-topping 2007 debut "We’ll Live and Die In These Towns." After four weeks at No. 1, Lady Gaga’s "The Fame" (Interscope/Universal) fell to No. 3, while labelmates Pussycat Dolls started at No. 9 with "Doll Domination — The Mini Collection."
Tinchy Stryder’s single held onto top spot as La Roux’s "In For The Kill" (Polydor/Universal) stayed at No. 2. "Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer)," a dance version by Ironik featuring Chipmunk of Elton John’s 1971 song on which he features, arrived at No. 3 on Asylum/Warner Music. The big mover in the top 20 was Girls Aloud’s "Untouchable" (Fascination/Polydor/Universal), which climbed 27-11.
Depeche Mode raced 67-1 on Billboard’s European Top 100 Albums with its 12th studio set "Sounds of the Universe" (Mute/EMI), while Lady Gaga’s "Poker Face" is in a tenth week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.