David Bowie takes over the charts, scoring nineteen top-100 albums the week after his death

Blackstar, his latest, enters at number one

David Bowie has scored an astonishing nineteen top 100 albums in the UK charts, the first charts listing to be released following his death on Sunday, January 10.

Bowie’s new album ‘Blackstar’ – released just two days before his death on January 8 – becomes his tenth number one album, and the fastest selling release of 2016 so far, with 150,000 copies sold in week one. The Official Charts have revealed Bowie was already on course for the number one spot before he passed away from cancer earlier this week.

The re-entry of a host of the Brixton artist’s past albums have flooded the charts, though, with re-charting albums including ‘Hunky Dory’, ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ and ‘Nothing Has Changed’. The latter – a best of – is the second highest charter, in at number five.


Bowie’s singles have also gone big this week, with ‘Heroes’ at number 11, ‘Life On Mars’ at number 16 and eleven other singles to be found inside the UK top 100.

Bowie released 27 studio albums in total, as well as 120 singles and a wide range of compilations and live albums.


David Bowie has been cremated in New York, according to reports. 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.

He 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“.

Here’s a full rundown of Bowie’s chart placings the week after his death:

Album charts:

1. Blackstar
5. Nothing Has Changed
9. The Best of, 1969/1974
14. Hunky Dory
17. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
18. Best of Bowie
23. Aladdin Sane
25. The Next Day
31. Low
37. Diamond Dogs
42. Let’s Dance
45. Heroes
55. Station to Station
59. The Best of 1980/1987
60. Young Americans
61. Scary Monsters
89. The Man Who Sold The World
95. Space Oddity
97. Five Years – 1969 – 1973

Singles Charts:

12. Heroes
16. Life On Mars
18. Starman
23. Let’s Dance
24. Space Oddity
43. Under Pressure (with Queen)
45. Lazarus
49. Changes
61. Blackstar
62. Ashes to Ashes
65. Rebel Rebel
76. Ziggy Stardust
97. China Girl


Read NME’s David Bowie obituary here.


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