Shadows also starts in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 (No. 7), nearly 50 years after Dylan first reached the region. His first top 10, Bringing It All Back Home, entered the bracket on May 29, 1965 and peaked at No. 6 that October.
The new set also marks Dylan’s third No. 1 on Vinyl Albums, with 4,000 vinyl copies sold.
Dylan’s latest is a collection of covers of American pop standards, including Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Some Enchanted Evening” and Irving Berlin’s “What’ll I Do.” To promote the album, Dylan gave a single, exclusive interview to the AARP and distributed 50,000 free copies of it to randomly chosen AARP Magazine subscribers.
Dylan’s last album of original material was 2012’s Tempest, which opened at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 110,000 in its first week.
No. 1? YOU ‘BET’!: Imagine Dragons score their first leader on Adult Alternative Songs as “I Bet My Life” rises 2-1. The group, on the cover of the new Billboard issue (dated Feb. 21), previously peaked at No. 2 with both “It’s Time” (2012) and “Demons” (2013). Meanwhile, its “Radioactive” holds the record for the most weeks logged on the Billboard Hot 100: 87. “Radioactive” reached No. 4 on Adult Alternative Songs. It also led Alternative Songs for 13 weeks and Rock Airplay for 24 weeks.
“Bet” trades the electronic elements of “Radioactive” for a hand-clapping, folk-infused sound more stylistically compatible with the organic adult alternative format. The band’s sophomore studio album, Smoke + Mirrors, arrives Tuesday (Feb. 17).
CHART VAULTS: London trio Vaults make its Billboard chart debut, entering Hot Rock Songs at No. 30 with “One Last Night” (12,000 downloads sold in its first week). The strings-laden alt/pop track, which also debuts on Rock Digital Songs at No. 13, is from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack, which looks headed for a debut near the top of next week’s Billboard 200.
Also on Hot Rock Songs, Incubus‘ “Absolution Calling” starts at No. 41 (7,000 sold). It’s the band’s first entry on the chart since 2011’s “Promises, Promises,” which peaked at No. 16. The new song will appear on Trust Fall (Side A), the first of two planned companion EPs.
ELO ELEVATES: Following its two-song live reunion on the Grammy Awards (Feb. 8), Electric Light Orchestra jumps onto Rock Digital Songs at No. 47 with its 1976 classic “Evil Woman.” The song soars by 958 percent to 6,000 sold. The other track that the Jeff Lynne-led band performed, “Mr. Blue Sky” (from 1978), surges by 822 percent to 5,000.