A worldwide superstar and top rocker for over 40 years yet David Bowie never had a Number 1 in the US charts – until after his death.
The late David Bowie has secured his first number one album in the US as his latest and last release before his sudden death earlier in the month has charted at the top spot in the Billboard 200.
Blackstar – which was released two days before his passing – debuted at number one in the US album chart, mirroring its success in the UK.
The seven-track record sold 174,000 copies this week, marking his all-time highest amount sales per week since number tracking began in the 90s.
Additionally, the legendary musician’s records currently make up a quarter of the Official Top 40 Album Chart, boasting 19 entries in the albums Top 100.
Leading the way is Bowie’s Blackstar, which claimed the top spot with combined sales of 150,000 – although it was already on course to top the chart before his death on Sunday 10 January.
In the days following his death, global streams of Bowie’s music on streaming service Spotify soared by 2,822 per cent, and an additional 2.5 million people listened to his songs.
A total of 623,000 Bowie records were sold this week, breaking down into 241,000 album sales, 167,000 singles purchased, and over 19 million song listens on audio streaming services.
In addition to Blackstar’s success, Bowie’s 2014 retrospective Nothing Has Changed – The Very Best Of charted in fifth place, and classics Hunky Dory, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust, and Aladdin Sane in 14th, 17th and 23rd place respectively. Blackstar knocks Adele’s 25 from her seven-week run at the top and she falls to third place. Elvis Presley’s If I Can Dream holds at number two while Justin Bieber’s Purpose keeps its grip in fourth position.
It is understood the 69-year-old’s body was cremated in New York shortly after his death ‘without any fuss’ at his personal request.
According to the Daily Mirror, the singer told friends he only wanted to be remembered for the good times and his music.