Dy­lan’s mu­sic rises by 500 per­cent fol­low­ing No­bel win

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - KICKOFF -

NEW YORK » Fol­low­ing Bob Dy­lan’s win for the 2016 No­bel Prize in lit­er­a­ture, the singer-song­writer’s mu­sic has in­creased by more than 500 per­cent on Spo­tify.

A day af­ter Dy­lan’s win, the dig­i­tal mu­sic plat­form said Fri­day that streams for his songs jumped by 512 per­cent glob­ally. His most-lis­tened song af­ter earn­ing the prize was “Like a Rolling Stone,” which was in­creased by 258 per­cent.

Dy­lan is the first mu­si­cian to earn the No­bel Prize in lit­er­a­ture. The 75-year-old is ar­guably the most iconic poet-mu­si­cian of his gen­er­a­tion.

He’s the first Amer­i­can win­ner of the No­bel lit­er­a­ture prize since Toni Mor­ri­son in 1993.

Rus­sian city in­au­gu­rates statue to Ivan the Ter­ri­ble

OREL, RUS­SIA » De­spite protests and court bat­tles, the Rus­sian city of Orel has un­veiled the coun­try’s first mon­u­ment to Ivan the Ter­ri­ble, the bloody 16th-cen­tury czar who mas­sa­cred his sub­jects by the thou­sands and even re­port­edly killed his own son.

At a cer­e­mony Fri­day, of­fi­cials in­au­gu­rated the statue of Ivan on horse­back, wield­ing both a sword and a cross, in the city (pro­nounced ahr-YOL) 350 kilo­me­ters (225 miles) south of Moscow. The re­gion’s gover­nor likened the bru­tal czar — fa­vor­ably — to cur­rent Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

“We have a great, pow­er­ful pres­i­dent who has forced the whole world to re­spect and de­fer to Rus­sia — just like Ivan the Ter­ri­ble did in his time,” Vadim Po­tom­sky said at the cer­e­mony.

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