David Bowie's 'Blackstar' Poised To Hit No. 1 on U.K. Album Charts

Jimmy King

The tragic news of David Bowie's death on Sunday (Jan. 10) appears to be propelling his new album Blackstar to the top of the U.K. charts, reports As of Monday the glam rock icon, who passed away at the age of 69 after a long battle with cancer, is holding the No. 1 spot for the week with 43,000 combined sales, which is 25,000 sales ahead of the nearest competitor. This would make Blackstar Bowie's 10th chart-topping album in his native U.K., with previous album triumphs ranging from 1973's Aladdin Sane to 2013's The Next Day.

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Martin Talbot, chief executive of Official Charts Company, had this to say about the star:

“Today is an awful day for all lovers of music. And the fact that David Bowie’s new album Blackstar was on course for Number 1 this week, even before today's terrible news says everything about his continuing relevance – over 40 years since his first hit records. But we are expecting a huge surge for a wide range of Bowie albums in this week’s Official Albums Chart. Bowie made so many great albums, constantly reinventing himself, that everyone has their own favourites and fans are clearly reminding themselves of his massive contribution to popular music by buying these great, iconic works.”

Billboard will of course be closely tracking how Bowie's passing will impact the trajectory of Blackstar on the U.S. charts this week; as of late Monday morning, it is already No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes chart.