Bob Dylan's 'Shadows In The Night' Debuts At No. 1 in U.K.

William Claxton

Bob Dylan's Shadows In The Night (Columbia/Sony) has become his eighth U.K. No. 1 album, in a sequence that spans 51 years since The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan topped the survey in 1964. On the new singles chart, Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" (Polydor/Universal), from the "50 Shades Of Grey" soundtrack, ended the run of six consecutive and seven aggregate weeks at the top for Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" single (Columbia/Sony), featuring Bruno Mars.

Four of Dylan's U.K. bestsellers came in the 1960s and two more in 1970, after which there was a gap of 39 years before he topped the survey again in 2009 with Together Through Life. The new set of songs previously recorded by Frank Sinatra is Dylan's 36th studio album, and the Official Charts Company reports that it outsold its nearest challenger, Ed Sheeran's X (Asylum/Warner Music), by some 5,000 units.

Last week's new entry at No. 1, Meghan Trainor's debut album Title (Epic/Sony Music), fell to No. 3, while Grammy champion Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour (Capitol/Universal) held at No. 4. Hozier's self-titled debut for Universal Island climbed 6-5 as its flagship hit "Take Me To Church" dipped 2-3.

Dire Straits' 1985 juggernaut Brothers In Arms (Vertigo/Universal), which has estimated worldwide sales of some 30 million, re-entered the U.K. chart at No. 8 after a dramatic price drop to 99p ($1.51) at Google Play and iTunes. American hip-hop star Kid Ink's Full Speed(RCA/Sony) came in at No. 10 and on the compilation chart, Now That's What I Call Power Ballads (Sony CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) started a second week at the top.

Goulding's single had a combined chart sales total of 172,000 to enter at No. 1, becoming the fastest-selling single of the year so far. The song is her second No. 1, following 2013's "Burn," and it ended the sales week a huge 87,000 combined chart sales ahead of the Ronson smash. Rihanna's collaboration with Kanye West and Paul McCartney, "Fourfive Seconds" (Roc Nation/Universal), climbed 5-4 and Avicii's "The Nights" (Positiva/PRMD/Universal) improved 10-6. The dance crossover "Outlines" (Ministry of Sound) by Mike Mago & Dragonette entered at No. 8.