David Bowie Breaks Adele’s Video Streaming Record
Fans of David Bowie have helped the visionary rock legend posthumously break Adele’s record for the most video views in 24 hours on Vevo.com.
The music icon died on Sunday, and shortly after the sad news broke on Monday, devotees flocked to the Internet to stream classic promos like “Space Oddity,” “Starman,” and his final single, “Lazarus.”
The sudden surge helped Bowie rack up a total of 51 million views on Vevo in a day, easily eclipsing the previous record of 36 million set by Adele in October, following the release of her comeback single “Hello.”
Lazarus, which was released on the eve of Bowie’s 69th birthday last week, topped all the views, garnering 11.1 million hits alone. The song, reported to be the singer’s farewell to fans, includes the lyrics, “Look up here, I’m in heaven”, while the dark video features Bowie bandaged up and writhing in a hospital bed.
Bowie’s final album, “Blackstar,” debuted on Friday and is on track to score the star his first U.S. number one when the new Billboard 200 chart is officially released on Sunday.
Meanwhile, his longtime producer, Tony Visconti, has revealed Bowie appeared to be winning his cancer battle last year, when he learned he was in remission, but the cancer later returned and he was given a terminal diagnosis in November.
“He was optimistic because he was doing the chemo and it was working,” he told RollingStone.com. “And at one point in the middle of last year, he was in remission. I was thrilled. He was a bit apprehensive. He said, ‘Well, don’t celebrate too quickly. For now I’m in remission, and we’ll see how it goes’.
“He continued the chemotherapy, so I thought he was going to make it. And in November, it just suddenly came back. It had spread all over his body, so there’s no recovering from that.”
Visconti goes on to share his thoughts on “Blackstar,” which he is convinced his old pal deliberately conceived as a farewell to fans: “(I told him), ‘You canny (clever) b**tard! You’re writing a farewell album…’ He was so brave and courageous. And his energy was still incredible for a man who had cancer. He never showed any fear. He was just all business about making the album.”