David Bowie Heading for First No. 1 Album in U.S. on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Blackstar'
The set, which was released through ISO/Columbia Records on Jan. 8 (Bowie's 69th birthday), could sell perhaps 130,000 albums in the week ending Jan. 14, according to industry forecasters, and debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart dated Jan. 30. Bowie died on Jan. 10 after an 18-month battle with cancer.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the new Jan. 30, 2016-dated Billboard 200 chart is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard's websites on Sunday, Jan. 17.
Blackstar's total equivalent album unit figure for the week will be higher than 130,000, and should easily bump Adele's 25 from the top slot. The latter title (released on XL/Columbia) has been No. 1 on the chart for seven consecutive weeks.
In his lifetime, Bowie charted seven top 10 albums on the Billboard 200. His highest-charting album was his last album, 2013's The Next Day, which debuted and peaked at No. 2. He previously visited the top 10 with Let's Dance (No. 4 in 1983), ChangesOneBowie (No. 10, 1976), Station to Station (No. 3, 1976), Young Americans (No. 9, 1975), David Live (No. 8, 1974) and Diamond Dogs (No. 5, 1974).