David Bowie’s final album has reached the number one spot in the United States, a feat he never managed while he was alive.
Blackstar, which was released two days before he died on 10 January from cancer, beat Adele’s 25 which had topped the chart for seven weeks.
Bowie also joined the small rank of artists to have two albums in the top five, with his greatest hits collection Best Of Bowie, released in 2002, hitting number four.
Blackstar, which came out on Bowie’s 69th birthday, had immediately won critical acclaim for its experimentalism as the long-reinventing artist developed a dark, hard jazz sound.
His death threw a whole new light on Blackstar as it emerged that he intended the album as a final statement, full of meditation on a half-century on the cutting edge of music.
In the United States, Bowie had gone to number two with his previous album, The Next Day, in 2013 and reached number four with his pop-driven Let’s Dance in 1983.