Columbia Records announced today that Bob Dylanâ€™s new studio album, Tempest, will be released on September 11, 2012. Featuring ten new and original Bob Dylan songs, the release of Tempest coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the artistâ€™s eponymous debut album, which was released by Columbia in 1962.
Tempest is available for now. The new album, produced by Jack Frost, is the 35thth studio set from Bob Dylan, and follows 2009â€™s worldwide best-seller, Together Through Life.
Bob Dylanâ€™s four previous studio albums have been universally hailed as among the best of his storied career, achieving new levels of commercial success and critical acclaim for the artist. The Platinum-selling Time Out Of Mind from 1997 earned multiple Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year, while â€œLove and Theftâ€ continued Dylanâ€™s Platinum streak and earned several Grammy nominations and a statue for Best Contemporary Folk album.
Modern Times, released in 2006, became one of the artistâ€™s most popular albums, selling more than 2.5 million copies worldwide and earning Dylan two more Grammys. Together Through Life became the artistâ€™s first album to debut at #1 in both the U.S. and the UK, as well as in five other countries, on its way tosurpassing sales of one million copies.
Those four releases fell within a 12-year creative span that also included the recording of an Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning composition, â€œThings Have Changed,â€ from the film Wonder Boys, in 2001; a worldwide best-selling memoir, Chronicles Vol. 1, which spent 19 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List, in 2004, and a Martin Scorsese-directed documentary, No Direction Home, in 2005. Bob Dylan also released his first collection of holiday standards, Christmas In The Heart, in 2009, with all of the artistâ€™s royalties from that album being donated to hunger charities around the world.
This year, Bob Dylan was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the countryâ€™s highest civilian honor. He was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for â€œhis profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.â€ He was also the recipient of the French Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in 1990, Swedenâ€™s Polar Music Award in 2000 and several Doctorates including the University of St. Andrews and Princeton University as well as numerous other honors.
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