David Bowie dominates British charts after death, with 10 albums in top 40

Bowie (above, in 1996) had 19 albums in the top 100 and 13 entries in the top 100 singles.
Bowie (above, in 1996) had 19 albums in the top 100 and 13 entries in the top 100 singles.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - David Bowie dominated the weekly British charts out on Friday, commanding a quarter of the top 40 albums as mourning fans rushed to buy his music.

The Londoner, who died from cancer aged 69 on Sunday, had 19 albums in the top 100 and 13 entries in the top 100 singles, ranging from songs dating from the 1960s to tracks off his new album.

Bowie released his new album Blackstar last Friday, which was already heading to No. 1 before he died.

Nine other Bowie albums were in the top 40, ranging from compilations to classics like Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust.

Fans bought some 241,000 Bowie albums and 167,000 singles in the last week.

The singer-songwriter's tracks were streamed more than 19 million times on recognised audio streaming services such as Spotify and Deezer.

"Bowie made so many great albums, constantly reinventing himself, that everyone has their own favourites and fans are clearly reminding themselves of his massive contribution to popular music by buying these great, iconic works," said Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot.

Meanwhile, some 13 Bowie singles entered the top 100, led by Heroes at No. 12, Life On Mars at 16, Starman (18), Let's Dance (23) and Space Oddity (24).

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Lazarus and Blackstar from his new album were at 45 and 61 respectively.

Heroes previously peaked at No. 24 on its original release in 1977.

Bowie albums in the UK top 40:

1 - Blackstar (2016)

5 - Nothing Has Changed - The Very Best Of (2014)

11 - The Best Of 1969/1974" (1997)

14 - Hunky Dory (1971)

17 - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars" (1972)

18 - Best Of Bowie (2002)

23 - Aladdin Sane (1973)

25 - The Next Day (2013)

31 - Low (1977)

37 - Diamond Dogs (1974)