David Bowie's 'Blackstar' On Track for Third Week at No. 1 in U.K.

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David Bowie photographed in the 1980s.

David Bowie’s Blackstar (Columbia/ISO) is heading toward a third straight week at No. 1 on the U.K. albums chart. 

Blackstar, released Jan. 8, just two days before Bowie following an 18-month battle with cancer, is ahead of Adele’s 25 (XL) and Justin Bieber’s Purpose (Def Jam) on the Official Albums Chart Update

The late artist currently has 10 albums inside the Top 40 at the halfway point of the U.K. chart week, including four in the Top 10: Blackstar, Best Of Bowie (at No. 4 via Rhino), Nothing Has Changed (No. 6 via Rhino), and Hunky Dory (No. 10).

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It’s a similar story in Australia this week where Bowie has an-time record 18 albums in the ARIA Top 100 (though Adele's latest has replaced Blackstar at the summit there). 

Four new releases are on track to crack the U.K. Top 30 when the charts are published late Friday local time: veteran British alt-rock act Suede’s Night Thoughts (currently at No. 5 via Rhino), metal titans Megadeth’s Dystopia (No. 7 via UMC), prog act Steven Wilson’s 4 ½ (No. 8 via Kscope) and London rock set Savages’ Adore Life (No. 14 via Matador).

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Meanwhile, Shawn Mendes "Stitches" (EMI) is on target for a second week at No. 1 on the U.K. Singles Chart. 

The song is No. 1 on the Official Chart Update, more than 6,000 combined sales ahead of its closest rival, Justin Bieber’s No. 2 ranked "Love Yourself" (Def Jam), which "Stitches" knocked from the summit last week.