Friday’s Roundup of Bowie’s-No-Longer-With-Us News (And Bowie Goes #1)

If you’re still confused by why the world has lost its mind over the death of David Bowie, I can’t help you. But the news keeps coming.

  1. Blackstar finished the week at #1 on the British charts, selling 150,000 copies. That’s the 10th Bowie album to reach the top in the UK.
  2. Combined sales of all Bowie albums reached 623,000 across the UK. Ten of them are in the British Top 40. More stats here and scroll down for more info.
  3. Bowie just broke an Adele online video record. That many people have been flocking to see what he left behind.
  4. Pamela Des Barres, the queen of all rock groupies, tells all again. This time, she talks Bowie.
  5. How Bowie influenced metal.
  6. I’d love to see this: Arcade Fire’s New Orleans tribute parade.
  7. The David Bowie tribute event scheduled for New York just keeps getting bigger.
  8. Bowie’s groundbreaking freaky video game is free for the next week.

Here’s BuzzAngle Music‘s estimates of Bowie sales in the US. Official numbers for the sales week ending 11:59pm Thursday will be out shortly. It does, however, look like Bowie has his first-ever #1 album in the US.

Rank Title Artist Total
1 Blackstar David Bowie 160,987
2 25 Adele 104,597
3 Best Of Bowie David Bowie 51,288
4 Purpose Justin Bieber 39,092
5 Traveller Chris Stapleton 23,329
6 Blurryface twenty one pilots 15,490
7 The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust… David Bowie 12,964
8 21 Adele 12,593
9 Beauty Behind The Madness The Weeknd 11,353
10 1989 Taylor Swift 11,216

Top streams in the US are “Lazarus,” “Space Oddity” and “Blackstar.” Add them all up and you have about 52,000,000 cumulative streams.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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