January 29, 2016 – Bowie Sales Skyrocket


Three weeks after his death, David Bowie lodged 12 albums in the UK top 40, equalling a record set by Elvis Presley in 1977. His last album Blackstar spent a third week at No.1 with Best of Bowie, Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust all in the Top 10. Bowie’s other albums in the top 40 include: Nothing Has Changed (5), Heroes (28), Diamond Dogs (30), Station to Station (32) and Scary Monsters (36).

David Bowie may have left the earthly plane, but his rich and extensive body of work lives on with renewed commercial vigour.

Even before word of his death spread on Monday, Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, was doing brisk sales business in Toronto. That news certainly fuelled extra interest, as we confirmed by contacting local stores.

Tim Baker at Sunrise Records told FYI that “Blackstar was number 1 for us before he passed but it sold out completely on Monday. All the back catalogue has gone too. We are racking all his catalogue as soon as we can get it.”

Toronto’s Sonic Boom bills itself as “Canada’s largest independent record store,” and general manager Christopher Dufton told FYI that sales of Blackstar were fast and furious.

“We ordered 60 copies to get us through the first couple of weeks, but we sold 45 over the first weekend. When the news broke on Monday morning, everybody started calling and the remaining copies were gone 20 minutes after we opened. We got 10 more in early Tuesday and those are all spoken for, and we’ve since ordered 100 more copies.”

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