David Bowie set to score first US Number One album with ‘Blackstar’ following death

Late singer's final album was released on his 69th birthday last Friday (January 8)

David Bowie could reach the top spot of the US Albums Chart for the first time after a surge in sales following his passing over the weekend.

Bowie passed away on Sunday (January 10) following what his official statement describes as “a courageous 18 month battle with cancer”. Reports have since suggested that he “died from liver cancer” after “surviving six heart attacks”.

Bowie’s final album ‘Blackstar’ was released last Friday (January 8) on what was the singer’s 69th birthday. It is currently leading the new releases in the US and will battle Adele’s ’25’ for this week’s Number One. ’25’ has been at the top of the summit for seven consecutive weeks.

2013’s ‘The Next Day’ currently stands as Bowie’s highest US entry, reaching Number Two in the charts. Six other Bowie albums have reached the Top 10 in the US: ‘Let’s Dance’, ‘ChangesOneBowie’, ‘Station To Station’, ‘Young Americans’, ‘David Live’ and ‘Diamond Dogs’.

Earlier today, Arcade Fire led tributes to the late singer. In a statement obtained by NME, the band wrote: “David Bowie was one of the band’s earliest supporters and champions. He not only created the world that made it possible for our band to exist, he welcomed us into it with grace and warmth. We will take to the grave the moments we shared; talking, playing music and collaborating as some of the most profound and memorable moments of our lives.”

“A true artist even in his passing, the world is more bright and mysterious because of him, and we will continue to shout prayers into the atmosphere he created.”

Read more tributes to David Bowie here.