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David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ set to hit No. 1 in U.S., unseating Adele’s ‘25’

David Bowie appears in Manhattan in 2013. The

David Bowie appears in Manhattan in 2013. The English Rock and Roll Hall of Famer died on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at age 69. Photo Credit: Jimmy King

The late David Bowie is set to end Adele’s seven-week run at the top of Billboard’s album chart to notch the first No. 1 album of his career.

The trade magazine reports that Bowie’s album “Blackstar” (ISO/Columbia) — which was released on Friday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s 69th birthday — is on pace to sell 130,000 copies this week, beating Adele’s “25” from the top spot. The chart will be released on Sunday.

Bowie died last Sunday after a private, 18-month battle with cancer, touching off widespread interest in his new album and his classics. On iTunes Tuesday, four Bowie albums were in the Top 10, including “Blackstar” at No. 1 and “Best of Bowie” at No. 2. On iTunes’ video charts, Bowie held six of the Top 10, with “Let’s Dance” leading them at No. 2. Taylor Swift’s clip for “Out of the Woods” continues its hold at the top of the chart.


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