- 16 Jan 16
There are six David Bowie albums in the Irish Top 30 this week, following the sad news about the death of the rock icon announced earlier in the week...
David Bowie’s new album Blackstar, released just before he died, has shot straight to No.1 in the Irish album charts. And in what is a remarkable expression of the love and affection in which the star was held, the retrospective Nothing Has Changed, released in 2014, has also charted at No.4 – one of six Bowie albums in total that feature in the Top 30.
Best of Bowie lands at No.17; The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust re-enters the charts at No.20; Hunky Dory is at No.24; and The Best of David Bowie 1969-1974 is at No.27.
In what has been a good start to the year for retail, Blackstar knocks Justin Bieber’s mega-selling Purpose off the top spot, with Adele’s monster global smash hit 25 at No.3.
Also new in the charts, at No.13, is Villagers' Where Have You Been All My Life, a collection of re-recordings of material from the band’s three albums to date, which effectively re-imagines the songs in a different and newly cohesive way. Among the most notable updates is that of the first single release from the record, ‘Memoir’ – which had previously appeared as a B-side.
It is the only new Irish album in the Top 30.
Bowie's dominance is just as notable in the UK where he makes up 25% of the album chart, and has 13 songs, led at No.12 by 'Heroes', in the Top 100 Tracks. Blackstar sold almost 150,000 copies to claim the LP top spot, with Nothing Has Changed, The Best Of David Bowie 1969/1974, Hunky Dory, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, Best Of Bowie, Aladdin Sane, The Next Day, Low, and Diamond Dogs also featuring. In total, he's sold 241,000 albums and 167,000 singles in the UK over the course of the week. His songs have been streamed 19 million times on the likes of Apple Music and Spotify who report a 2,822% increase in plays since his death last Monday.