David Bowie, who lost his 18-month battle with cancer on Sunday just 2 days after the release of his new album Blackstar, is set to be the first person not named Adele to top the Billboard 200 in nearly two months, now that sales for Blackstar have skyrocketed.
Since she released her un-streamable 25 album on November 20, Adele has remained in the Billboard 200’s #1 slot, becoming the first female artist to do so since Whitney Houston‘s Whitney album in 1987. The British singer/songwriter has fought off high-selling albums from Justin Bieber and Coldplay en route to selling over 8 million albums by the end of 2015, and she’ll continue to add to that total in the coming weeks. Still, the feverish pace at which folks have begun gobbling up David Bowie’s album in the wake of his passing will leave an impact on this week’s charts, as in addition to Blackstar being expected to move between 160,000 and 175,000 units SPS (sales plus streaming), Bowie’s Best Of and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust albums are expected to entire the Top 20 when this week’s charts are confirmed over the weekend.
Adele won’t be going far, 25 is expected to slip just one slot down to #2, with Justin Bieber’s Purpose holding true at #3. You can stream Bowie’s Stardust album below.