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Dave Matthews Band Tops Bob Dylan On Billboard Chart

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What would you say if somebody told you Dave Matthews Band's newest album outsold Bob Dylan's newest offering? Well, anything other than "that's an accurate statement" would be wrong. According to Billboard, Dave Matthews Band's Away From The World sold 156,000 more copies than Dylan's Tempest.

Away From The World is the sixth straight Dave Matthews Band album to debut at the top of the charts, but as Yahoo's Chart Watch blog notes, there are cracks in the armor. Away From The World sold 266,000 copies during its first week, a let down after the band's Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King sold 424,000 in 2009. On the plus side, Away From The World moved more digital copies than GrooGrux King.

As for Tempest, it becomes the fifth straight Dylan album to debut in the top ten. Not that anyone should be too surprised: The 71-year-old rock star was all over the news in recent weeks thanks to a controversial interview he gave to Rolling Stone magazine. In the interview, Dylan -- who has been accused in the past of using old folk songs and hymns without crediting the original artists -- said "wussies and pussies" complain about plagiarism. He also said that America would be forever shamed because it was "founded on the backs of slaves."

For more on the Billboard chart, head over to Billboard.com.

[via Billboard]

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