Justin Bieber Stays On Top Of Singles Chart, David Bowie Lands First Top 40 Hit In 28 Years

Robbie Daw | January 19, 2016 2:18 pm
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The impact David Bowie‘s death on January 10 had on sales and streams of his music continues to be felt as Billboard reports “Lazarus,” the latest single off the late musician’s album Blackstar, has entered the Hot 100 chart at #40, thus becoming his first Top 40 hit since “Never Let Me Down” peaked at #28 in 1987. “Lazarus” is now Bowie’s 14th Top 40 single overall.

Billboard notes that the song charts this week after selling 16,000 downloads and racking up 8.1 million streams. In fact, 86% of the chart points for “Lazarus” are from streams last week, after news of his death broke and the poignancy of the song’s music video became clearer.

It had already been reported that the track’s parent album Lazarus has become David Bowie’s first chart-topping album on the Billboard 200, while also managing to top charts around the globe. Here in the States, Blackstar sold 174,000 copies in its first week of release.

Back on the Hot 100, Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry” sticks around at the top for a second week, while two older hits from Bowie, “Space Oddity” and “Under Pressure,” re-enter the chart, at #42 and #45, respectively.

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