Bob Dylan enters the U.K. chart at No. 1 with his ninth chart-topping album in the territory, Rough and Rowdy Ways (Columbia/Sony).
Dylan's 39th studio release delivers opening combined units of 34,000, of which 29,000 were as CD purchases. He thus becomes the oldest artist to score a No. 1 of new, original material and, at 79 years and one month, the oldest male solo artist to land a bestseller. He overtakes Rod Stewart, who was 74 years and 11 months old when his album of orchestral reworkings, You're In My Heart, hit 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'll Meet Again — The Very Best Of Vera Lynn. Her death on June 18 prompts her more recent compilation 100 to re-enter at No. 19 on the new chart.