Follow Us on Twitter

David Bowie lands first number one LP in 20 years

David Bowie, The Next Day

Story by Jack Foley

DAVID Bowie’s first album in a decade has landed the artist his first UK No.1 album in 20 years.

The Next Day is the 66-year-old’s first chart-topper since 1993’s Black Tie White Noise and is also the fastest selling album of 2013 so far.

The album sold 94,000 copies in its first week, according to the Official Chart Company, out-selling the number two album from Bon Jovi by two to one. And this came a week after Bowie released the LP on iTunes as a free stream.

The Next Day‘s success marks a personal triumph for Bowie, who surprised many fans when he made the announcement that he was releasing new material earlier this year by releasing a new single on his birthday.

It has also had Bowie aficionados picking over the star’s back catalogue, comparing his early work with his latest release.

The release also coincides with a retrospective of the eclectic performer at London’s V&A Museum on March 23, which celebrates Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon. Find out more

A documentary on the pop icon charting his career, named Five Years, has also been announced by the BBC to celebrate his 50th anniversary. Find out more

The UK album chart’s top five is therefore comprised of Bowie at No.1, Bon Jovi’s What About Now at two, Emeli Sande’s Our Version of Events at three, Bastille’s former chart-topper at four and Bruno Mars at five.

Justin Timberlake remains at the top of the singles chart with Mirrors, while One Direction saw their Comic Relief effort One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks) rise to number two in the wake of Friday’s Red Nose Day (which raised a record £75 million).