Columbia Records has announced that Bob Dylan’s new studio album, Tempest, will be released on September 11. Featuring ten new and original songs, the release of Tempest coincides with the 50th anniversary of the artist’s eponymous debut album, which was released by Columbia in 1962.
The new album, produced by Jack Frost, is Dylan's 35th studio album, and follows 2009’s worldwide best-seller, Together Through Life.
Bob Dylan’s four previous studio albums have been hailed as among the best of his career, and have achieved both commercial success and critical acclaim. The platinum-selling Time Out Of Mind (1997) earned multiple Grammy Awards, including album of the year, while Love and Theft (2001) earned several Grammy nominations and was awarded best contemporary folk album.
Modern Times, released in 2006, became one of the artist’s most popular albums, selling more than 2.5-million copies worldwide and earning Dylan two more Grammys. Together Through Life (2009) became the artist’s first album to debut at #1 in both the US and the UK.
Those four releases fell within a 12-year creative span that also included the recording of an Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning composition, Things Have Changed, from the film Wonder Boys.
Tempest by Bob Dylan
This year Dylan was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the USA’s highestcivilian honor. He was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture. He was also the recipient of the French Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in 1990, Sweden’s Polar Music Award in 2000 and several Doctorates including the University of St. Andrews and Princeton University.
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