David Bowie tops the U.S. album charts for the first time ever

January 18th, 2016 by Staff

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LONDON — David Bowie has finally conquered the U.S. album charts.

The late singer topped the list after his final album Blackstar shifted 181,000 units last week to knock Adele’s 25 off the top spot.

Last week marks his biggest sales week since Nielsen began tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991, Billboard reports. His previous sales high in that period came in 2013 when The Next Day sold 85,000 in its first week.

Nine other Bowie albums also re-entered or debuted on the Billboard 200 for the first time this week.

The album is the first posthumous No. 1 album since Michael Jackson’s This Is It topped the chart on Nov. 14, 2009, several months after the singer died.

In the UK, Blackstar also had a strong performance, coming in with combined sales of 146,168 according to the Official Charts Company (OCC).

Nineteen of Bowie’s albums entered the Top 100 in the UK and a combined 622,511 singles and albums were sold over the week.

Blackstar was released on Friday, Jan. 8, just a few days before news of his death broke overnight between Sunday, Jan. 10 and Monday, Jan. 11.

Throughout last week, tributes poured in from the entertainment world, newspapers remembered the singer and fans left flowers and notes at key sites.


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