David Bowie tops US album chart for the first time with ‘Blackstar’

The late musician previously reached No. 2 with ‘The Next Day’.

David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ has topped the Billboard 200 chart, making it his first album to reach No. 1 in the United States.

The late musician’s twenty-fifth album is predicted to have sold 130,000 copies in the week ending January 14, reports Billboard.

Bowie’s highest-charting album up till now was ‘The Next Day’ which debuted and peaked at No. 2 in 2013. Over the course of his career Bowie has had seven albums chart in the top 10 of the Billboard 200: ‘Let’s Dance’ (No. 4 in 1983), ‘Changesonebowie’ (No. 10, 1976), ‘Station to Station’ (No. 3, 1976), ‘Young Americans’ (No. 9, 1975), ‘David Live’ (No. 8, 1974) and ‘Diamond Dogs’ (No. 5, 1974).

‘Blackstar’ knocks Adele’s ’25’ off the top spot, a position which it held for seven weeks. It sold the equivalent of 181,000 albums, of which 174,000 were physical sales.

Bowie is also currently topping the charts in the UK with ‘Blackstar’. 19 of the singer’s albums have also re-entered the charts in the past week.

The singer passed away on Sunday (January 10) following an 18 month battle with cancer. Reports have since suggested that he “died from liver cancer” after “surviving six heart attacks”.

It is believed he was privately cremated without any friends and family present, as per his wishes. He wanted “to go without any fuss”, a source told two UK newspapers.