[artist id="63"]Bob Dylan[/artist] is two for two. The folk bard will notch his second #1 album debut next week, when his 33rd disc, Together Through Life, hits the top spot, on the crest of 125,000 in sales. Dylan’s last album, 2006′s Modern Times, also debuted at the top, giving the influential 67-year-old songwriter and American icon the first #1 bow of his four-decade career.
After several weeks with a handful of albums doing strong business, Dylan’s disc will be the only release to break the 100,000-sale barrier, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan, with the #2 album, the soundtrack to the “Hannah Montana” movie, trailing behind with 86,000. Among the other debuts in the top 10 was the Ronnie James Dio-fronted metal act [artist id="2784957"]Heaven and Hell[/artist] (which features non-Ozzy members of Black Sabbath); The Devil You Know sold 30,000, good enough for a #8 bow. And sneaking in at #10 is a charity compilation from Playing for Change titled Songs Around the World, which debuted with 26,000 copies, thanks to the video for its cover of Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me,” a viral phenomenon with 10 million views to date.
The rest of the top 10 features Rascal Flatts’ Unstoppable (#3, 53,000), Rick Ross’ Deeper Than Rap (#4, 51,000, down 68 percent from its debut last week), Lady Gaga’s The Fame (#5, 40,000), the “Twilight” soundtrack (#6, 35,000), Now 30 (#7, 33,000) and Taylor Swift’ Fearless (#9, 29,000).
Rapper Mike Jones lands at #12 with The Voice (25,000); Asher Roth drops from a #5 bow to #14 with his debut, Asleep in the Bread Aisle (23,000); synth legends Depeche Mode slip 15 spots to #18 in their second week with Sounds of the Universe (22,000); and Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne makes it in at #19 in the first week for his latest, Sickology 101 (19,000). Veteran punk band NOFX coast to a #36 debut with Coaster (14,000), and Insane Clown Posse rapper Violent J lands at #48 with his solo album The Shining (10,000).
Thanks to the “American Idol” bump, Jamie Foxx’s nearly platinum Intuition bumps up 10 spots to #17 (23,000), while Katy Perry‘s juggernaut One of the Boys leaps almost 30 spots to #56 on sales of close to 9,000. Continuing the rough ride for former male “Idol” contestants, season-five winner Taylor Hicks’ independently released album The Distance squeezes back onto the charts at #180 — despite his performance slot on last week’s “Idol” elimination show — selling an anemic 2,800 copies. Since its release in March, the disc has sold a little more than 27,000 copies total.
Next week promises a showdown of the R&B divas, as [artist id="1801883"]Ciara[/artist] and Chrisette Michele vie for the top spot in their chart debuts.