David Bowie 'Blackstar' hits No. 1 on Billboard chart
David Bowie’s new album Blackstar, released just two days before his death, has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking the legendary rocker’s first-ever No. 1 album.
According to Billboard, Blackstar sold 181,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. for the week ending Jan. 14. 174,000 of those were pure album sales, making this Bowie’s biggest album sales week since Nielsen Music first began tracking purchases in 1991. Bowie’s previous sales week record was in 2013, when The Next Day sold 85,000 copies in its first week.
Since Bowie’s death on Jan. 10, nine of his other albums have jumped up the Billboard charts as well, and his 2002 greatest hits record Best of Bowie just hit fourth place, while his 1972 classic The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars hit No. 21.
Blackstar dethroned Adele’s 25, which had held steady at No. 1 for seven consecutive weeks. Bowie is also the first artist since Adele to have two albums in the top four at the same time. (Adele did so in 2012, when her album 21 was in first and 19 hit fourth.) Additionally, Blackstar is the first posthumous No. 1 album since Michael Jackson’s This Is It in 2009.