Bowie sets chart records with ‘Blackstar’

29th January 2016

Bowie’s ‘parting gift’ helps to cement the late singer’s place in chart history for the most simultaneous entries in the top 40 of the albums chart – matching Elvis Presley’s record.

Topping the UK Official Album Chart for a third consecutive week, ‘Blackstar’ – David Bowie’s 25th and sadly, final album (released on the day that also marked the icon’s 69th birthday) – has helped to cement the late singer’s place in chart history for the most simultaneous entries in the top 40 of the albums chart, after TWELVE of this week’s albums belonged to Bowie, matching Elvis Presley’s chart record.

‘Blackstar’ heads up five Bowie releases currently in the top ten: Best Of Bowie (3), Nothing Has Changed (5), Hunky Dory (9) and The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars  (10). (MailOnline, 29th January, 2016)

Following Bowie’s untimely death on January 10th, the album reached number one in several countries, including the Billboard 200 album chart, for the first time in his career.

Secret recording sessions for ‘Blackstar’ were held at The Magic Shop studios, NYC (where Bowie also famously recorded ‘The Next Day’), recorded and mixed on their unique 56 input, 80-series Neve desk, with long-serving producer Tony Visconti and engineer Kevin Killen and assistant engineers Kabir Hermon and Chris Shurtleff.

“His death was no different from his life – a work of art,” Visconti explained on Facebook. “He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift.”

We are extremely proud to have played even a small part in his final farewell, and his enduring musical legacy. RIP Starman.

“Look up here, I’m in heaven
I’ve got scars that can’t be seen
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen
Everybody knows me now”