By Daniel Lane
David Bowie is on course for his first Number 1 album in nearly 20 years, according to this morning’s Official Charts Company sales data.
The singer’s 27th studio album, The Next Day, will be his first Number 1 album since Black Tie White Noise, which topped the Official Albums Chart in April 1993.
The Next Day has also clocked up the biggest first day sale of any album this year (56,000 copies) and is currently outselling its closest competitor, Bon Jovi’s What About Now (Number 2) by nearly three to one.
If The Next Day can maintain its lead going into the weekend, it will be Bowie’s ninth Number 1 album in the UK.
“Bowie is officially back!” says Official Charts Company Managing Director, Martin Talbot. “The Next Day is a true gift for all Bowie aficionados. It already sounds like a classic Bowie album – and its popularity this week is already showing that the great British public have taken it to their hearts.”
The full Official Albums Chart Top 100 will be revealed on Sunday (March 17) at 7PM on www.officialcharts.com. Tune into Radio 1’s Official Chart Update with Scott Mills and Jameela Jamil tomorrow between 3.30 – 4pm, and check back here from 4pm for the Official Singles Chart and Official Albums Chart midweek update Top 40s.Back