2016: The Year in Charts

David Bowie's Death Sparks Top Two Takeover on Billboard + Twitter Trending 140

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David Bowie in the video for "Lazarus."

David Bowie has locked up the Nos. 1 and 2 spots on the real-time Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart the morning following news of his death on Sunday at age 69.

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The veteran rock star’s latest cut, “Lazarus” led the tally, remaining at No. 1 for four straight hours into Monday afternoon. Prior to its ascent, the song spent three additional hours at No. 2. “Lazarus,” the most recent Bowie single, earns a boost thanks to its music video, which premiered on Jan. 7. It has since raced to more than 3.2 million global YouTube views. “Lazarus” also lends its name to an Off-Broadway musical co-written by Bowie, which stars actor Michael C. Hall and runs until Jan. 29.

Immediately below, Bowie’s “Blackstar” also reached No. 1 in the overnight Monday hours, clocking more than 5 hours as Twitter’s most shared and discussed track. Following its chart-topping run, the song settled between Nos. 2 and 3 for five more hours. The rock legend originally debuted “Blackstar” in November 2015, and was used as the theme for the European television series The Last Panthers.

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“Blackstar” also serves as the title track to Bowie’s most recent album, released last Friday (Jan. 7) on the icon’s 69th birthday.

In addition to “Blackstar” and “Lazarus,” three further Blackstar cuts rushed onto the Trending 140 on Monday: “Girl Loves Me” flew to a No. 3 peak, while “Dollar Days” and “Sue (In A Season of Crime)” both climbed to No. 4.

At the height of his four-decade career, Bowie scored multiple hit singles, including two Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits: 1975’s “Fame,” which was co-written by John Lennon, who also played guitar and provided backup vocals, and 1983’s “Let’s Dance,” produced by Nile Rodgers.

Bowie also placed 39 albums on the Billboard 200 chart – including seven top 10s: Diamond Dogs (No. 5, 1974), David Live (No. 8, 1974), Young Americans (No. 9, 1975), Station to Station (No. 3, 1976) ChangesOneBowie (No. 10, 1976), Let’s Dance (No. 4, 1983) and The Next Day (No. 2, in 2013).

--Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield.