January 20, 2016


David Bowie Scores First Top 40 Hit in 28 Years

Graham Wiltshire/Redferns
Graham Wiltshire/Redferns

David Bowie's first Top 40 hit since 1987 has arrived in the form of "Lazarus," from his final album, Blackstar. Following news of the rock legend's death, "Lazarus" enters this week's Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 40.

Bowie's last Top 40 hit was "Never Let Me Down," which peaked at No. 28 in 1987. Bowie, who passed away at the age of 69 last week, had 14 songs chart on the Hot 100, according to Billboard, and scored two No. 1 singles: "Fame" in 1975 and "Let's Dance" in 1983.

Meanwhile, "Space Oddity" re-enters the Hot 100 at No. 42, and "Under Pressure," Bowie's famed collaboration with Queen, comes back at No. 45. "Blackstar," the title track from the new album, debuts at No. 78.

Bowie is also ruling Hot Rock Songs, breaking a record with 21 of the current 50 positions on the tally. As previously reported, Blackstar is atop the Billboard 200 albums chart, giving Bowie the first No. 1 album of his illustrious career.