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The new David Bowie album, Blackstar, has topped the Billboard Album chart this week, taking the top place from Adele.
Ironically, this is the first time a David Bowie album has reached number one in the US and it was poignantly released two days before his tragic passing.
Nine other David Bowie albums are now in the Billboard charts, while a staggering nineteen of his albums are in the UK chart, making up a exactly a quarter of their entire Top 40!
The Blackstar album is also top of the charts there, already having sold 150,000 copies, whilst in the US it has sold 181,000.
David Bowie has had an immense impact musically, and was an inspiration to a vast number of fellow celebrities. One example being Joe Elliott, (lead singer of rock band Def Leppard), who dedicated an episode of his UK radio show to his music. Tributes have poured in from stars including Russell Crowe, Ricky Gervais and Madonna. Their messages have also dominated social media:
Tributes to David Bowie have been paid around the globe too. London’s Union Chapel saw performances in front of hundreds of fans from a diverse range of artists including ex Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock. The concert was streamed live on YouTube.
Other tributes across the globe include Belgian music station Studio Brussels and MIRA Public Observatory who have paid tribute to David (whose hits include “Starman”) by registering a constellation to honor him.
On Saturday, Canadian band Arcade Fire accompanied by Preservation Hall Jazz Band, led a colorful celebration of his life in a parade around New Orleans. This was again in front of hundreds of fans, many of which were wearing Bowie themed outfits.
Arcade Fire credit David Bowie as being one of their earliest supporters and champions.