January 18, 2016


David Bowie's 'Blackstar' Becomes First No. 1 Album

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Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

As expected, David Bowie has scored the first No. 1 album of his career; sadly, he did so posthumously.

Blackstar, Bowie's final studio set, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, earning 181,000 album equivalent units with 174,000 in pure album sales, according to Nielsen Music. The debut pushes Adele's 25 to No. 2 after seven consecutive weeks in the top spot.

Furthermore, Bowie's death last week also managed to push two more albums into the Top 40: Best of Bowie, a greatest-hits compilation, zooms up to No. 4, while The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars comes back in at No. 21.

Bowie's first No. 1 album follows seven Top 10-charting albums; the rock legend came closest to the peak in 2013, when his penultimate album The Next Day started at No. 2. Blackstar is the first No. 1 album by a posthumous artist since 2009, when Michael Jackson's This Is It soundtrack topped the chart.