David Bowie has snagged another posthumous milestone. The late, great British artist’s catalogue has surged past 1 billion streams on Spotify.
The Thin White Duke’s music reached the benchmark last Thursday (Aug. 24) with his 1977 classic “Heroes” leading the way as his most-streamed solo track of all time on the subscription platform.
Bowie’s works have crashed through a cluster of barriers since his death. His final album, Blackstar, was a global hit and debuted at the top on the Billboard 200 chart in January 2016, giving the late music legend his first No. 1 album in the U.S.. The Hall of Famer died on Jan. 10 of cancer, two days after its release.
In his lifetime, Bowie charted seven top 10 albums on the Billboard 200. His highest-charting album was 2013’s The Next Day, which debuted and peaked at No. 2. And he won just one Grammy category in his lifetime, a best video award for his mid-80s effort “Jazzin’ For Blue Jean”. With Blackstar, he won four more Grammys.
Bowie’s streaming standout “Heroes”, originally recorded in English, French and German, is this year celebrating its 40th anniversary and will enjoy a special limited edition picture disc release next month.
Also, the latest in a series of career-spanning box sets, A New Career in a New Town, which covers the years 1977-1982, is due out Sept. 29.
Bowie’s top ten most streamed solo tracks on Spotify are:
2. “Let’s Dance”
3. “Space Oddity”
4. “Life On Mars”
6. “Rebel Rebel”
7. “Moonage Daydream”
9. “Ziggy Stardust”
10. “Modern Love”