David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ Projected To End The Album Chart Reign Of Adele’s ’25’
After ruling the Billboard 200 all seven weeks since its release, it looks like the #1 streak of Adele‘s 25 will finally come to an end, thanks to the surge in interest in David Bowie‘s new LP Blackstar. Meanwhile, this week also saw Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry” replace Adele’s “Hello” at the top of the Hot 100, following the latter song’s 10-week run at #1.
Blackstar was released last Friday (January 8), the same day as Bowie’s 69th birthday. Sadly, the iconic musician lost his battle with cancer two days later, causing an outpouring of grief and remembrances around the world, as well as a surge in sales for his vast catalog of music. Billboard is predicting Blackstar could sell 130,000 copies by week’s end.
Believe it or not, if Blackstar does indeed debut at the top of the album chart, it will mark David Bowie’s very first #1 album in the States. To-date, 25 studio LPs by the Thin White Duke have been released, as well as multiple hits compilations. But the closest he ever came reaching the top of the Billboard 200 was in March 2013, when The Next Day landed at #2. (It was Bon Jovi that held him in the runner-up position that week.)
Before that, you have to go back 30 years for the last time Bowie had a Top 10 album in the US — when his massively successful Let’s Dance hit #4 in 1983.
As far as chart-topping songs go, Bowie found himself at #1 twice on the Hot 100: With “Fame” in 1975 and “Let’s Dance” in 1983.
Blackstar is also expected to debut at #1 in David Bowie’s native country of the UK. If it does, it will mark his 10th trip to the top with an album there.