Many of David Bowie’s classic recordings are expected to sweep into this week’s U.K. charts as fans of the music legend mourn his recent death.
Bowie’s latest and final studio album Blackstar remains on track for the No. 1 position on the next Official U.K. Albums Chart. It’s one of 14 Bowie albums impacting the Top 100, according to the OCC, ahead of the publication this Friday of the latest charts.
Blackstar, which arrived just two days prior to Bowie’s death, is out in front with 90,000 combined sales, according to a sales flash reported by the OCC. The new set is also heading for what would be Bowie’s first ever No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Bowie logged nine U.K. No. 1 albums in his lifetime, including his previous set, The Next Day, which led the list on its debut in March 2013 with 94,000 sales.
Meanwhile, the U.K. singles chart should also have a strong Bowie feel to it with nine titles impacting, led by 1977’s “Heroes” at 25, just a solitary position below its peak position of No. 24 (“Heroes” could go as high as Top 10, the OCC reports). Across his career, Bowie landed atop the Official Singles Chart on five occasions.
Organizers of next month’s Brit Awards have vowed to pay a “fitting tribute” to honor the “extraordinary life and work” of the homegrown icon.
Bowie died on Jan. 10 after an 18-month battle with cancer.