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Bob Dylan Scores First No. 1 on Top Rock Albums From Long-Running ‘Bootleg Series’

The 12th volume in Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series becomes his first No. 1 on Top Rock Albums.

Bob Dylan‘s The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12: 1965-1966, The Best of the Cutting Edge debuts at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums and Folk Albums charts (dated Nov. 28) with 14,000 in first-week sales, according to Nielsen Music.

The set is the legendary troubadour’s fourth leader on Top Rock Albums; his second of 2015, following Shadows in the Night in February; and the first in the Bootleg collection to reach the pinnacle, surpassing The Bootleg Series Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964, which bowed and peaked at No. 4 (Nov. 6, 2010).

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On Folk Albums, Dylan notches his record-breaking fifth No. 1 (dating to the chart’s Dec. 5, 2009 inception). He passes She & Him, with four Folk Albums toppers.

Dylan makes two other entrances on Top Rock Albums with variations of Cutting Edge: The deluxe version starts at No. 6 (6,000), while the 18-disc box set bows at No. 47 with 2,000 sold (especially impressive considering its $599 price tag).

The Bootleg Series began 24 years ago with (Rare & Unreleased) 1961-1991.

Dylan’s top 10 debuts on Top Rock Albums are supplemented in the chart’s upper tier by Billy Gibbons & the BFG’s’ Perfectamundo, as the ZZ Top guitarist’s first solo set arrives at No. 2 with 10,000 sold; defending champion of NBC’s The Voice Sawyer Fredericks‘ self-titled debut EP (No. 3, 9,000); and Natalie Merchant‘s Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings (No. 9, 5,000), the former 10,000 Maniacs’ frontwoman’s 20th-anniversary update of her 1995 solo debut Tigerlily, which spun off the Billboard Hot 100 hits “Carnival” (No. 10), “Wonder” (No. 20) and “Jealousy” (No. 23) in 1995-96.