Blackstar, which arrived just two days prior to Bowie’s death, is out in front with 90,000 combined sales, according to a sales flash reported by the OCC. The new set is also heading for what would be Bowie’s first ever No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Bowie logged nine U.K. No. 1 albums in his lifetime, including his previous set, The Next Day, which led the list on its debut in March 2013 with 94,000 sales.
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Meanwhile, the U.K. singles chart should also have a strong Bowie feel to it with nine titles impacting, led by 1977’s "Heroes" at 25, just a solitary position below its peak position of No. 24 ("Heroes" could go as high as Top 10, the OCC reports). Across his career, Bowie landed atop the Official Singles Chart on five occasions.
Organizers of next month’s Brit Awards have vowed to pay a “fitting tribute” to honor the "extraordinary life and work” of the homegrown icon.
Bowie died on Jan. 10 after an 18-month battle with cancer.