David Bowie set for posthumous Number One with new album ‘Blackstar’

Latest album was released on Friday (January 8)

David Bowie is set to be Number One in the Official UK Album Chart this week following his death.

It was announced this morning that Bowie lost an 18-month battle with cancer and passed away yesterday (January 10).

Bowie released his latest, and final, studio album ‘Blackstar’ on Friday (January 8). The album has amassed 43,000 sales since its release and is currently 25,000 ahead of nearest competitor, Elvis Presley’s ‘If I Can Dream’.

The Official Charts Company announced that the album was already Number One prior to the news of Bowie’s death and that it is almost certain to become his tenth chart-topping album when the Official Chart countdown is revealed on Friday. Bowie’s last Number One album was 2013’s ‘The Next Day’.

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Early sales figures also indicate that Bowie will make multiple entries on this week’s chart as fans pay tribute by downloading, streaming and purchasing his music.


Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot said: “Today is an awful day for all lovers of music. And the fact that David Bowie’s new album Blackstar was on course for Number 1 this week, even before today’s terrible news says everything about his continuing relevance – over 40 years since his first hit records.

“But we are expecting a huge surge for a wide range of Bowie albums in this week’s Official Albums Chart. Bowie made so many great albums, constantly reinventing himself, that everyone has their own favourites and fans are clearly reminding themselves of his massive contribution to popular music by buying these great, iconic works.”

Producer Tony Visconti previously stated that ‘Blackstar’ was influenced by Kendrick Lamar and features LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy.

David Bowie released his first studio album in 1969, having changed his name from David Jones the year before. His early records included ‘Space Oddity’ and 1971’s ‘Hunky Dory’.

In 1972 Bowie reinvented himself and released ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’ which features the singles ‘Ziggy Stardust’ and ‘Suffragette City’.

His hits include ‘Let’s Dance’, ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Heroes’, ‘Under Pressure’, ‘Rebel, Rebel’, ‘Life on Mars’ and ‘Changes’.

Bowie has released two albums in the past decade. New album ‘Blackstar’ and 2013’s ‘The Next Day’. His last live performance was at a New York charity concert in 2006.