Final David Bowie Album Debuts at #1 on Billboard 200
Blackstar, the final album by iconic artist David Bowie, has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Shockingly, this marks Bowie’s first-ever No. 1 album on the Billboard charts.
Just a week after Bowie died due to cancer, which itself happened only two days after the release of Blackstar, the singer sold 181,000 copies, 174,000 of which were pure album sales.
In addition to the stellar success for Blackstar, Bowie’s other albums are also charting in a big way, as the greatest hits collection Best of Bowie came in at No. 4, while The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars landed at No. 21. This makes Bowie one of only a few artists to have two albums simultaneously in the Top 4 on the Billboard 200. The most recent previous act to achieve this feat was Adele back in 2012, as both 21 and 19 saw huge bumps thanks to her Grammy sweep. In another milestone for Bowie, Blackstar is also the first No. 1 album from a posthumous artist since Michael Jackson’s This Is It soundtrack topped the charts in 2009. In short, fans are expressing their love for Bowie in the most traditional way possible: by enjoying all the awesome music he gave us.
Bowie’s death is an unmistakably tragic situation, but the outpouring of love and support is heartening, to say the least, and it’s the one bright spot in all this sadness. Well, that and the utterly ridiculous reaction to his death on UK Celebrity Big Brother, which borders on dark comedy at this point.