After just two days on sale, Rolling Stone cover artist Bob Dylan’s latest album Together Through Life is already on pace to top next week’s sales charts, Billboard reports. Together Through Life will likely finish the week with sales upward of 100,000, but will be hard-pressed to match the 192,000 copies Modern Times sold in its debut week in 2006. The LP would mark the fifth time Dylan has landed a Number One album.
According to Billboard, Dylan’s first chart-topper in America was 1974’s collaboration with the Band, Planet Waves. Number Ones for 1975’s Blood on the Tracks and 1976’s Desire quickly followed, and 30 years later Dylan accomplished the feat again with Modern Times. Dylan’s last official non-album release, Tell Tale Signs, debuted at Number Six in October 2008.
Douglas Brinkley followed Dylan to Europe for the new issue of RS, on sale now, speaking to the songwriter about American icons like Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry, George Bush, finding the ideal guitarist and collaborating with Robert Hunter on the lyrics for his new LP. Take a look back at his previous appearances in RS in a gallery of Dylan’s Rolling Stone covers, and experience his paintings in a collection of Dylan’s artwork. Tomorrow, we’ll have a guide to Dylan’s greatest collaborations.