DAVID BOWIE’S DEATH from cancer this week has struck a note with Irish fans.
The legendary singer, who died on Monday aged 69, released his latest album Blackstar last Friday and this week’s Irish charts feature no fewer than 13 Bowie singles.
The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) reports that Bowie’s songs were streamed over one million times this week, and he has 13 of the top 100 songs in Ireland this week.
Heroes is the highest entry, coming in at 29, with Starman, Let’s Dance, Life on Mars, Space Oddity and Lazarus, the lead single from Blackstar, also in the top 50.
In the UK, the Official Charts Company says Bowie records have been bought even more.
Ten of the late icon’s albums command one quarter of this week’s album chart top 40, and there are 19 Bowie entries in the albums top 100.
Of Blackstar’s 150,000 UK sales, 94,000 were physical purchases, 50,000 were downloads and 12,000 were vinyl.
A combined total of 622,511 Bowie records (single and albums) were sold in the UK this week.
Blackstar, released just days before Bowie’s death, is also top of the charts in Australia and could become Bowie’s first-ever Billboard number 1 in the US.