David Bowie Gets First UK #1 Album In 20 Years
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.18.2013
Success for "The Next Day"...
Billboard reports that David Bowie earned his first UK #1 album in twenty years and the fastest-selling artist album of 2013 with The Next Day. RCA won twice as Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors" got a third week on the singles chart.
The Next Day sold 94,000 copies last week, passing up Biffy Clyro's Opposites (71,000 in January). It is Bowie's ninth #1 in the UK, which began in 1973 with Aladdin Sane. His last #1 was Black Tie White Noise in 1993.
Meanwhile, Bon Jovi's What About Now debuted at #2 with 37,000. The band's Greatest Hits album also climbed 57-31. Both albums were on Mercury. Emeli Sande's Our Version of Events dropped to #3 and Bastille's Bad Blood dropped 1-4.
Bowie and Bon Jovi are also competing for #1 on the Billboard 200. In Australia, Bon Jovi earned #1 (9,910 copies) over Bowie at #2 (8,245). It's Bowie's best sales week in Australia since Let's Dance got #1 in 1983.
Bowie and producer Tony Visconti recorded thte album in secret. There was no word about it on the internet until Bowie revealed it on January 8 with the music video for his song "Where Are We now". The song hit the top 10 of the Official UK Singles chart.
Meanwhile, Mumford & Sons' Babel climbed 8-7 and Pink's The Truth About Love rose 10-8. Her single "Just Give Me A Reason", featuring Nate Ruess, climbed 4-3 on the singles chart. Meanwhile, Hurts (Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson) got #9 on the albums chart with Exile. Their 2010 debut Happiness previously debuted at #4. The Trevor Nelson Collection is on top of the compilation chart for the sixth week in a row.
Timberlake's third week on top of the singles chart comes with 69,000 copies sold. One Direction's Comic Relief single "One Way Or Another (Teenage Kicks)" rose thanks to the Red Nose Day telethon on BBC 1, to 6-2. It has sold a total of 292,000. Meanwhile, Nicole Scherzinger's "Boomerang" debuted at #6 and Disclosure (featuring Aluna George) rose 11-10.