DAVID BOWIE TOPS BILLBOARD TOP 200 WITH FINAL ALBUM, ‘BLACKSTAR.’

I caught a smile spreading across my face as I listened to “Heroes” the other day. “Lazarus’ came next, and the haunting lyrics watered my eyes. The Thin White Duke was gone, a legend ascended to the stars.

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The world is still reeling from the death of David Bowie, who succumbed to an 18 month battle with cancer. Even in death, he triumphed as his final album, Blackstar debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, with several additional albums in Bowie’s catalog including The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars making it to the Top 200 charts.

This marked the British music legend’s first No. 1 album on the Billboard Top 200 charts, selling 181,000 copies and leaving a dominant Adele to settle for second place with her latest album, 25, which has maintained the No. 1 ranking since its release. Michael Jackson achieved this feat with 2009’s This Is It, following his death.

With Bowie and film and stage star, Alan Rickman, both passing from cancer in quick succession, the stars are shining a little less brightly, but neither man will soon be forgotten.

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