David Bowie Rules the U.K. Charts as 19 albums and 13 Singles Feature in the Top 40s
David Bowie is the king of the U.K. charts again. 19 of the rockers albums have entered the countdown in the week following his death. According to the BBC, Bowie sold 241,000 albums and 167,000 singles in the past week, while his songs were streamed more than 19 million times on Apple Music and Spotify, among other sites.
His final album, Blackstar, which was released just days before his death, debuts at number one, while best of Nothing Has Changed crashes in at five and another compilation, The Best of 1969/1974, just misses out on the top 10 at 11. Bowie’s classic albums Hunky Dory and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust also re-enter the top 20. Elvis Presley holds on to the number two spot with his album If I Can Dream and Adele’s 25 falls to three after topping the charts since its release in November. Meanwhile, Justin Bieber scores another week at the top of the U.K. pop charts with “Love Yourself,” ahead of Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches.” Bieber’s “Sorry” and “What Do You Mean” both slip a spot to three and four, respectively, and Sigala’s “Sweet Lovin'” rounds out the new top five. Bowie’s “Heroes” re-enters the chart at 12, leading a total of 13 of the rocker’s hits in the Top 40. They include “Starman,” “Let’s Dance,” and “Space Oddity.” The rocker lost his battle with cancer on Sunday.