Blackstar, the last album David Bowie released in his lifetime, has reached the No. 1 spot in the U.S. Surprisingly, it marks the first time he has ever hit the top spot. The Next Day, his 2013 effort, peaked at No. 2, while five of his records released between 1974 and 1983 made the Top 10 at the time they were issued.
Billboard is reporting that, in its first week, Blackstar “earned 181,000 equivalent album units” — their metric that incorporates streaming and individual digital track sales — with 174,000 of those coming from full album sales. That was good enough to knock Adele‘s 25 (143,000 units) down a notch after seven weeks at the top.