David Bowie Breaks Michael Jackson’s ARIA Chart Record, Beats Adele To #1
Written by Tom Williams on 18th January, 2016
The late David Bowie has secured his place in Australian music history by breaking an ARIA Chart record set by Michael Jackson, while also debuting at number one on the albums chart with his final studio album, Blackstar.
This week’s top 100 albums on the ARIA Chart features a whopping 17 entries from Bowie, including album’s like his Best Of Bowie, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, The Next Day and Aladdin Sane.
With 17 entries in the top 100, Bowie surpasses the record of 14 which was set by Michael Jackson shortly after his death in July 2009. With that in mind, Bowie now holds the ARIA Charts record for the most albums in the top 100 by a single artist. Pretty jaw-dropping hey?
Blackstar, released on Bowie’s 69th birthday just two days before his tragic passing, has seen its sales spike in a pretty big way, giving the musician his first-ever number one on the ARIA Charts as well — not including his albums Scary Monsters and Let’s Dance, which were number one albums before the ARIA Charts began in July 1983.
In making number one, Bowie has beat the likes of Adele and Justin Bieber, whose latest albums have also been mega-popular.
On this week’s singles chart, Bowie’s Queen collaboration Under Pressure and his songs Space Oddity and Heroes have all re-entered the top 50, with another five tracks making the top 100, including Starman and Let’s Dance.
Bowie’s death continues to inspire tributes from around the world, including Bowie’s very own lightning bolt constellation and a soaring cover of his song Life On Mars by Aussie singer-songwriter Sarah Blasko.
Catch this week’s top 10 ARIA Chart albums, below.
ARIA Charts – Top Albums: (Week Commencing 18th January 2016)
1. David Bowie — ‘Blackstar’
2. Adele — ‘25’
2. David Bowie — ‘Nothing Has Changed (The Best Of David Bowie)’
4. Justin Bieber — ‘Purpose’
5. Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra — ‘If I Can Dream’
6. Adam Brand And The Outlaws — ‘Adam Brand And The Outlaws’
7. Taylor Swift — ‘1989’
8. Ed Sheeran — ‘X’
9. David Bowie — ‘Best Of Bowie’
10. Molly Soundtrack (Soundtrack From The TV Series)