David Bowie is set to reach number one in Sunday’s charts with his album, The Next Day, making it the fastest selling album of 2013.
The Next Day is Bowie’s first since Reality in 2003, which peaked in the charts at number three. Reports from the Official Charts Company showed that The Next Day had sold 66,000 copies by Wednesday, two days after its release.
Last week London pop band Bastille made number one in the album charts with Bad Blood, but The Next Day is currently outselling it and the number two record, Bon Jovi’s What About Now.
Currently the fastest selling album this year is Opposites, by Biffy Clyro, which sold 71,600 copies during its first week of release.
Bowie’s first single from the album, Where Are We Now, made number one in January in the iTunes download chart on the day it was unexpectantly released, ahead of Rihanna and Taylor Swift. However, due to a technicality in how Bowie made the record available, it was not eligible for the Top 40.
… After 10 years of reclusive silence, David Bowie has suddenly and dramatically reappeared in the pop firmament. In the small hours of yesterday morning, on his 66th birthday, with no warning, a new Bowie song was released on the internet. Lush, stately, beautifully strange, weaving resonant piano chords, decaying synths and echoing drums around a simple chord progression and a weary, tenderly understated, quietly defiant vocal, the ageing Starman reminisces about days in Berlin, sings of "walking the dead" and wonders "where are we now?"
Accompanied by a strange clip of Bowie as a kind of pensive, melancholic, two-headed puppet, Where Are We Now? may be the most surprising and welcome comeback in rock history.
Cool. I’m looking forward to hearing the whole album. I’ve been listening to a lot of other artists lately while working on my own music. David Bowie and I share our January 8th birthday with Elvis.
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The Stars Are Out Tonight.