David Bowie Tops U.K. Album Chart Again, Shawn Mendes Hits No. 1 With 'Stitches'

David Bowie

David Bowie photographed on April 26, 2007. 

The new and catalog music of David Bowie continues to have a strong presence on the U.K. album chart, on which Blackstar (RCA/Sony) registered second-week combined sales of 81,000 to start a second week at No. 1. The Official Charts Company's new data, published today (Jan. 22), showed Shawn Mendes completing a climb to the top of the singles chart with “Stitches” (EMI/Universal) that started 17 weeks ago, last October.

Blackstar becomes Bowie's first album to spend more than a solitary week at No. 1 since Let's Dance in 1983. The new set has two-week sales of 231,000, ahead of a 3-2 rebound for Adele's 25 (XL Recordings). The 2002 compilation Best of Bowie (Parlophone/Warner Music) jumped 18-3, another of his nine titles in the top 40. Nothing Has Changed – The Very Best of David Bowie (RCA/Sony/Rhino/Warner) slipped 5-6; Hunky Dory climbed 14-12, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars dipped 17-19 and Aladdin Sane 21-22, all on Parlophone.

Bowie's Old Albums Hit New Highs on Billboard 200

The Next Day (RCA/Sony) moved 25-24, with Low steady at No. 31 and Let's Dance up 42-35, the latter two both Parlophone titles. Bowie has 10 further albums between 41-100 for a total of 19 in the top 100, the same as last week. The highest-placed of his eight singles in the top 100 is “Heroes” (EMI/Universal), at No. 30.

The new album chart showed a new entry at No. 4 for Panic! At The Disco's Death of a Bachelor (DCD2/Fueled By Ramen), with Justin Bieber's Purpose (Def Jam/Universal) down 4-5. British singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti's Written In Scars (BMG) re-entered at a new peak, and its first top 10 posting, at No. 7.

Elvis Presley's If I Can Dream (RCA/Sony Legacy), with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, fell 2-8. On the compilation chart, Acoustic Cafe (Sony Music CG/Warner Music TV) debuted at No. 1 to replace Go Hard Or Go Home (Ministry of Sound).

Mendes' single first entered the top 100 of the singles chart, at a modest No. 97, last October. It hit the summit after a close-fought race with fellow Canadian Bieber's “Love Yourself,” finishing some 1,500 combined sales ahead. Bieber held at No. 3 with “Sorry” and “What Do You Mean” at No. 4. “Girl Is Mine” (NEM/Resilience/RCA/Sony) climbed 9-5 in its eighth week in the top 40. 


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