Chart Listings: BB200: Bowie 181K; Adele 143K

January 18, 2016 4:59 am 7 comments Views: 4

David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ Album Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart


Blackstar was issued through ISO/Columbia Records and earned 181,000 equivalent album units in the U.S., during the week ending Jan. 14, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 174,000 were in pure album sales — Bowie’s biggest sales week for an album since Nielsen began electronically tracking point-of-sale music purchases in 1991. (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.)

Clearly, music fans were moved by the news of Bowie’s death, as not only did Blackstar perform strongly, but he has nine further albums that either re-enter or debut on the Billboard 200 chart. Among them are two further titles in the top 40: the greatest hits collection Best of Bowie (No. 4) and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (No. 21).

#1 David Bowie Blackstar 181,000 (174,000) DEBUT
#2 Adele 25 143,000 -26%
#3 Justin Bieber Purpose 104,000 -17%
#4 David Bowie Best of Bowie 94,000 (51,000) +6,698%
#5 twenty one pilots Blurryface 43,000 -17%
#6 The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness 39,000 -14%
#7 Chris Stapleton Traveller 33,000 -20%
#8 Bryson Tiller T R A P S O U L 33,000 -8%
#9 G-Eazy When It’s Dark Out 29,000 -2%
#10 Fetty Wap Fetty Wap 29,000 -20%

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