David Bowie’s 28th album has been confirmed as his first to top the U.S. charts. ★ has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling in excess of 180,000 units since its January 8, 2016 release.
★ has entered at #1 in more than 20 territories including the UK, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Coincidentally, ★, released on Bowie’s 69th birthday, has hit #1 on iTunes in 69 countries including the U.S..
In addition to ★ being David Bowie’s first #1 album in the U.S., another nine of his albums re-entered in the U.S. Top 200 this week, including The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Hunky Dory, Let’s Dance, Aladdin Sane, Low, and The Next Day.
Finally, it was announced today that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has proclaimed today, January 20, 2016 in the City of New York as David Bowie Day. The proclamation will be read tonight at the curtain call of the final performance of the sold-out run of Lazarus, the New York Theater Workshop production conceived and co-created by Bowie.