Bowie finale soars on charts after death

12th January 2016, Comments 0 comments

The final album by David Bowie, released just two days before his death, has soared in sales and looked set Tuesday to top several charts.

"Blackstar" led Apple's iTunes download chart globally on Monday, the day Bowie's death was announced, according to sites that track the data.

Several other Bowie albums also suddenly appeared or re-entered near the top of the charts including "Nothing Has Changed," his career-spanning hits collection released in 2014.

"Blackstar" topped Monday's iTunes chart in virtually every developed country, in most cases dethroning Adele's blockbuster "25" album.

In Bowie's native Britain, the Official Charts Company said "Blackstar" was on course to top the weekly list that will be released Friday and predicted that 13 more of Bowie's albums would re-enter the top 100.

In the United States, two singles off "Blackstar" were in the top five for the past day of Billboard's trending chart that examines social media.

"Blackstar" songs as well as classic Bowie hits such as "Heroes," "Under Pressure" with Queen, and "Let's Dance" were also rising on charts that look at the past week's most-heard songs on streaming leader Spotify, with Bowie's catalog ascending especially quickly in France.

Bowie released "Blackstar" on Friday, his 69th birthday, enjoying widespread acclaim as the British music legend again proved his innovation with a hard jazz sound.

Few people knew that Bowie was dying of cancer and had released "Blackstar" as a final artistic statement, with wistful reflections from one of modern music's most influential figures.

Rough Trade, the taste-making British store that also runs New York's largest record shop, said it would donate all proceeds from sales of Bowie's work in January to cancer research.

© 2016 AFP

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