David Bowie Gets First U.S. No. 1 Album of His Career With ‘Blackstar’
Blackstar, the last album David Bowie released in his lifetime, has reached the No. 1 spot in the U.S. Surprisingly, it marks the first time he has ever hit the top spot. The Next Day, his 2013 effort, peaked at No. 2, while five of his records released between 1974 and 1983 made the Top 10 at the time they were issued.
Billboard is reporting that, in its first week, Blackstar "earned 181,000 equivalent album units" -- their metric that incorporates streaming and individual digital track sales -- with 174,000 of those coming from full album sales. That was good enough to knock Adele's 25 (143,000 units) down a notch after seven weeks at the top.
And as we saw in Britain, where 19 Bowie albums re-entered the U.K. chart this week, Bowie's death last week has pushed his nine titles from his catalog back onto the Billboard 200. Two of those -- the 2002 compilation Best of Bowie (No. 4) and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (No. 21) -- landed inside the Top 40.
Tributes to Bowie continue pouring in, including a performance of "Rebel Rebel" by Bruce Springsteen at the opening of his tour in Pittsburgh last night (Jan. 16). Another took place on the streets of New Orleans yesterday where indie stars Arcade Fire -- whom Bowie championed early in their career -- teamed up with the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band to hold a second line parade through the French Quarter. "That's the way Bowie would want us to celebrate," Preservation Hall creative director Ben Jaffe told the Times-Picayune. "With theater and tradition and music. He would want people out in the street dancing." You can watch fan-shot footage of them playing "Heroes" above and below.
Watch Arcade Fire and Preservation Hall Jazz Band Play 'Heroes'
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