David Bowie Tops U.K. Chart With 'Blackstar,' Puts 10 Albums in Top 40
David Bowie's music makes its expected takeover of the U.K. weekly sales charts following his death Sunday (Jan. 10), as announced today (Jan. 15) by the Official Charts Company. His new album Blackstar (RCA/Sony) registered combined sales of 150,000 to become his tenth LP to reach No. 1 in the U.K. Bowie has nine other studio albums and compilations in the top 40 for this frame, as well as a total of 19 in the top 100, five tracks in the singles top 40 and 13 in the top 100, on which Justin Bieber's “Love Yourself” (Def Jam/Universal) posted a sixth non-consecutive week at No. 1.
Bowie notched combined sales in the U.K. over the last week of 623,000 across all his singles and albums, says the OCC. This divided into 241,000 album sales, 167,000 singles, and more than 19 million track streams. Nothing Has Changed – The Very Best of David Bowie (RCA/Sony/Rhino/Warner), which first entered the chart at No. 9 in November 2014 and spent five weeks in the top 40, reappeared at the new peak of No. 9.
The 1997 Bowie retrospective The Best Of 1969/1974 also re-entered in a new peak position of No. 11. 1971's Hunky Dory was the highest-ranked of his catalog studio titles, back on the chart at No. 14; also re-entering the top 40 were The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars at No. 17, 2002's Best of Bowie at No. 18, Aladdin Sane at No. 23, his penultimate studio release The Next Day at No. 25, Low at No. 31 and Diamond Dogs at No. 37.
The top 100 also saw the return of Let's Dance (No. 42), Heroes (No. 45), Station To Station (No. 55), The Best Of 1980/1987 (No. 59), Young Americans (No. 60), Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (No. 61), The Man Who Sold The World (No. 89), Space Oddity (No. 95) and Five Years 1969-1973 (No. 97). All of those re-entries are on Parlophone/Warner, apart from The Next Day, on RCA.
The new album chart also had Elvis Presley's If I Can Dream (RCA/Sony Legacy), with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, steady at No. 2, with Adele's 25 (XL Recordings) off the top after seven weeks and down to No. 3. Bieber's Purpose slipped 2-4.
The Canadian's “Love Yourself” was also the most-streamed track of the week in the U.K. with a total of 3.94 million plays. He was 13,000 chart sales ahead of Shawn Mendes' “Stitches” (EMI/Universal), which climbed 4-2. Bieber slipped 2-3 with “Sorry” and 3-4 with "What Do You Mean.” “Sweet Lovin'” (Ministry of Sound) by Sigala featuring Bryn Christopher jumped 8-5.
Bowie's highest-ranked single was “Heroes,” which returned at No. 12, improving on its No. 24 peak of 1977. “Life On Mars,” a No. 3 hit in 1973, came back at No. 16, and the 1972 No. 10 “Starman” at No. 18. “Let's Dance” placed at No. 23, and “Space Oddity” at No. 24, all on Parlophone.
“Under Pressure” (Virgin/EMI/Universal) by Queen and Bowie re-entered at No. 43. “Lazarus,” from RCA's new Blackstar, debuted at No. 45; “Changes” (Parlophone), which failed to chart as a U.K. single from Hunky Dory, made its debut four decades later at No. 49. The new RCA album's title track “Blackstar” came in at No. 61; there were also re-entries for the Parlophone tracks “Ashes To Ashes” (No. 62), “Rebel Rebel” (No. 65) and “China Girl” (No. 97). “Ziggy Stardust,” also on Parlophone, made its first singles chart showing at No. 76.
Bowie's official Facebook page responded to his chart dominance shortly after the news was revealed.