David Bowie‘s long-term producer Tony Visconti has responded to news that the late singer’s new album ‘Blackstar’ has topped the charts in both the UK and US.
‘Blackstar’ was released on January 8, just days before the music icon passed away on January 10. Visconti has described the LP as a “parting gift” to fans.
Now, after it was revealed that Bowie has posthumously scored his first US number one album, Visconti has taken to Facebook to release a statement, saying: “I am so proud of my dear friend’s accomplishment. One is just a number, but in this case he made an example of how true artistry and real quality can reach number one in the album charts.”
Visconti then added: “I’m reaching out to the top artists of today. Don’t pander to the the illusion of commercialism — even the biggest hits of today’s sales pale by comparison of the sales of past decades. Do what you fucking want to do, not what you think you have to do.”
Visconti worked with Bowie intermittently from his second album in 1969. He produced Bowie’s final album ‘Blackstar’.
Following the singer’s passing, Visconti released a message saying: “He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was no different from his life – a work of Art. He made ‘Blackstar’ for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.”
As well as ‘Blackstar’ reaching number one, 19 of the singer’s albums have also re-entered the UK albums chart.