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David Bowie's last album, "Blackstar," debuted number one on the Billboard charts, the first US chart-topper for the late musician

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NEW YORK — David Bowie's last album, "Blackstar," debuted number one on the Billboard charts, the first U.S. chart-topper for the late musician.

Since it was released two days before Bowie died of cancer on Jan. 10, "Blackstar" has sold 174,000 copies, according to Nielsen Music. It's the best sales week for Bowie since Nielsen began electronically tracking music purchases in 1991.

Bowie dislodged the previous No. 1, Adele's "25," which slipped to No. 2 after seven weeks on top.

The 2002 compilation "Best of Bowie" also rocketed up the charts to No. 4 with 94,000 units sold. Altogether, 10 Bowie albums landed on the Billboard 200, which measures sales and streams. The 1972 classic "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars" rose to No. 21.

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PHOTO: FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2003 file photo, singer/songwriter David Bowie launches his United States leg of his worldwide tour called "A Reality Tour," at Madison Square Garden in New York. Bowie’s family said they are planning a private ceremony for the late icon and continued to ask for privacy. His family posted a noted titled “Thank you” on Bowie’s websites as well as his social media pages on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Bowie died Sunday, Jan. 10, after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2003 file photo, singer/songwriter David Bowie launches his United States leg of his worldwide tour called "A Reality Tour," at Madison Square Garden in New York. Bowie’s family said they are planning a private ceremony for the late icon and continued to ask for privacy. His family posted a noted titled “Thank you” on Bowie’s websites as well as his social media pages on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Bowie died Sunday, Jan. 10, after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 69. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

 

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