When David Bowie released ‘Blackstar’ on the 8th of January his loyal fans were nothing less than excited. The album was talked about but not hyped up beyond what it is. However, two days later Bowie would pass away from cancer and the world would share their messages of loss and love for him. That same album is now Bowie’s first No. 1 and it has some critics questioning if his death is the reason the album has sold so well. During the release 174,000 were in pure album sales which is Bowie’s biggest sales week for an album since Nielsen began electronically tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991. For comparison, his previous sales high in that span of time came when his last album, 2013’s The Next Day, bowed with 85,000 sold in its first week. That is quite a leap.
We have to admit his death did have some effect on his chart success as not only did ‘Blackstar’ debut at number one but other albums re-entered or debuted on the Billboard 200 chart as well. Fans must be trying to get their hands on copies of his work while they are stuck in a time of mourning and remembering the impact he had. We can only congratulate those who worked on the album for its success and watch as fans mourn the death of someone who inspired them to be themselves. Let us know what you think about the album and its success so far!