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David Bowie tops the charts with final album Blackstar

By Helen Pye

Published 16/01/2016

A tribute to David Bowie on the Lisburn Road in Belfast. The singer succumbed to cancer on Sunday
A tribute to David Bowie on the Lisburn Road in Belfast. The singer succumbed to cancer on Sunday

David Bowie's Blackstar rocketed to No.1 as fans helped the late singer secure a quarter of the spots in the Top 40 album chart.

Bowie's final LP debuted in first place with almost 150,000 combined sales, making it the fastest selling album of the year.

A total of 623,000 Bowie records sold this week, including 241,000 album sales, 167,000 singles, and 19 million listens on audio streaming services.

The highest entry after Blackstar was 2014's retrospective Nothing Has Changed in fifth.

Also in the Top 40 are classic albums Hunky Dory, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, and Aladdin Sane in 14th, 17th and 23rd places respectively.

Bowie's triumph knocked Adele's 25 from its seven-week run at the top.

Bowie's dominance continued in the singles chart, with five tracks re-entering the Top 40 and peaking at number 12 with Heroes - a new high for a song that only reached 24 on release in 1977.

Meanwhile, Take That's Howard Donald has named his newborn son Bowie in an apparent tribute to the late singer.

Donald tweeted: "Bowie Taylan Donald came into this world on Tues 12th Jan. Mummy and daddy suffering sleep deprivation but life is wonderful, he is divine."

It is the 47-year-old's first child with wife Kate Halil.

David Bowie died of cancer on January 10, aged 69.

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