David Bowie’s new album Blackstar has reached no. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, rapidly climbing the charts during the week following the singer’s death from liver cancer two days after the album’s release. This is Bowie’s first ever No. 1 album in America, despite a long and influential career over which he released nearly 30 studio albums and 120 singles.
This is not the rock icon’s first ever album to chart in the states. His second to last album, The Next Day, peaked at No. 2 on the charts in 2013 and he has had a string of other noteworthy chart entries spanning the last half of the 20th century. These include Let’s Dance (No. 4 in 1983), Station to Station (No. 3 in 1976), and Young Americans (No. 9 in 1975).
Blackstar is also the No. 1 album on the UK charts, with 18 other of his albums also resurfacing on the UK charts. In the past, 9 of Bowie’s albums have also reached No. 1 on the UK charts. As well as chart success and a notable first U.S. No. 1 album, his music has garnered almost 20 million streams this week alone.
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Adele’s hit album 25 had sat in the No. 1 spot for seven weeks on the Billboard 200 chart before being overtaken by Blackstar. Bowie’s final album has sold a total of 181,000 copies following its highly anticipated release on his 69th birthday, January 8th.
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