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Bob Dylan Scores First-Ever No. 1 Hit With 17-Minute 'Murder Most Foul' Ballad

•, Brian Welk

Bob Dylan's latest single "Murder Most Foul," his first original song in eight years, is also now the folk-rock icon's first No. 1 hit on a Billboard chart.

"Murder Most Foul" is a sweeping 17-minute ballad about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, and according to Billboard, the song debuted at No. 1 on the Rock Digital Song Sales survey.

Billboard reports that the song hit 10,000 downloads in its first week and was streamed 1.8 million times in the U.S., which landed it at #5 on Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart. The track also has 2.7 million views on YouTube since debuting on March 26.

Dylan has placed on a Billboard chart before. His iconic "Like a Rolling Stone" hit No. 2 on the genre-encompassing Billboard Hot 100 back in September 1965, as did "Rainy Day Women #12 and 35" in May 1966. But he's never reached No. 1 on any individual genre chart until now.

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