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