David Bowie's 'Blackstar' becomes his first No. 1 album in US

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David Bowie's 'Blackstar' Album Hits #1 on the Charts

David Bowie's final record, "Blackstar," has become his first No. 1 album in the United States.

As expected, the late British singer's 27th album has topped the Billboard 200 chart for the week ending on Jan. 14. According to Billboard, "Blackstar" sold 181,000 equivalent album units in the U.S., and 174,000 of those were pure album sales, which is Bowie's largest debut since sales have been tracked electronically.

Several other Bowie releases popped up on the charts, as well. Nine Bowie albums are back on the Billboard 200, with several in the Top 40. Those include "Best of Bowie" at No. 4 and "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars" at No. 21.

"Blackstar" was released on Jan. 8, just two days before Bowie's death from cancer at age 69. Many fans are interpreting his single "Lazarus" to be about his impending death.

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Floral tributes are left beneath a mural of British singer David Bowie, painted by Australian street artist James Cochran, aka Jimmy C, following the announcement of Bowie's death, in Brixton, south London, on January 11, 2016. British music icon David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like 'Ziggy Stardust' and his theatrical shape-shifting style. AFP PHOTO / CHRIS RATCLIFFE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION, TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION / AFP / CHRIS RATCLIFFE (Photo credit should read CHRIS RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
Flowers and other items are placed in remembrance of David Bowie at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
Fan Rosie Lowery wearing Bowie style make up talks to the media beside tributes placed next to a mural of British singer David Bowie by artist Jimmy C in Brixton, south London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday aged 69. He was born in Brixton. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A candle with the words: "Bowie. Oh! You pretty thing" rests on the ground after being place by a fan of British singer David Bowie at the Debod Temple park in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday aged 69. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 11: Fans lay flowers at the doorstep at the building where British musician David Bowie once lived following the announcement of his death on January 11, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Bowie lived and composed in West Berlin in the late 1970s. He died at the age of 69 following an 18-month struggle against cancer. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
Flowers and other items are placed in remembrance of David Bowie at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
Tributes are left outside 40 Stansfield Road, Brixton, London, the former home of David Bowie, after the rock star died following an 18-month battle with cancer.
A person cries while viewing tributes placed near a mural of British singer David Bowie by artist Jimmy C, in Brixton, south London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday aged 69. He was born in Brixton. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
A fan holds a David Bowie mask near the photo location of the David Bowie album cover Ziggy Stardust, in London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-bending persona and christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69 and had just released a new album.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 11: A portrait of British musician David Bowie peaks from behind flowers and candles left by fans at the doorstep at the building where he once lived following the announcement of his death on January 11, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Bowie lived and composed in West Berlin in the late 1970s. He died at the age of 69 following an 18-month struggle against cancer. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 11: David Bowie fans pay their respects at his mural in Brixton, where he was born, in London, England on January 11, 2016. Music legend David Bowie died when he was 69 years old, after suffering from cancer. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A woman looks at a shirt with a portrait of David Bowie in London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-bending persona and christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69 and had just released a new album.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
David-Bowie-fan Dirk Turnage puts down a tribute to British rock legend David Bowie outside his former home in Berlin's Hauptstrasse 155 on January 11, 2016. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said. / AFP / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
People gather next to tributes placed near a mural of British singer David Bowie by artist Jimmy C, in Brixton, south London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday aged 69. He was born in Brixton. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
A woman holds a tablet with a David Bowie cover next to a mural of him by artist Jimmy C in Brixton, south London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday aged 69. He was born in Brixton. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A painting and a candle are left below a mural of David Bowie on the wall of a Morley's store in Brixton, London, the singers birthplace, after the rock star died following an 18-month battle with cancer.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 11: David Bowie fans pay their respects at his mural in Brixton, where he was born, in London, England on January 11, 2016. Music legend David Bowie died when he was 69 years old, after suffering from cancer. (Photo by Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A man places letters spelling out a tribute to British singer David Bowie at the Brixton Academy music venue, in Brixton, south London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday aged 69. He was born in Brixton. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
People dance and sing to music by British singer David Bowie on Windrush Square in Brixton, south London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday aged 69. He was born in Brixton. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
People dance and sing to music by British singer David Bowie on Windrush Square in Brixton, south London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday aged 69. He was born in Brixton. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Tributes are left beneath a mural of British singer David Bowie, following the announcement of Bowie's death, in Brixton, south London, on January 11, 2016. British music icon David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like 'Ziggy Stardust' and his theatrical shape-shifting style. AFP PHOTO / CHRIS RATCLIFFE / AFP / CHRIS RATCLIFFE (Photo credit should read CHRIS RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 10: David Bowie remembered on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images)
Flowers and other items are placed in remembrance of David Bowie at his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
Tributes to British rock legend David Bowie are seen outside his former home in Berlin's Hauptstrasse 155 on January 11, 2016. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said. / AFP / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
A man with his dog pats the door frame walking past tribute to British rock legend David Bowie left outside his former home in Berlin's Hauptstrasse 155 on January 11, 2016. British rock music legend David Bowie has died after a long battle with cancer, his official Twitter and Facebook accounts said. / AFP / ODD ANDERSEN (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 11: A photograph of British musician David Bowie lies among flowers and candles left by fans at the doorstep at the building where he once lived following the announcement of his death on January 11, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Bowie lived and composed in West Berlin in the late 1970s. He died at the age of 69 following an 18-month struggle against cancer. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
David Bowie fan Mark Lundeen poses for photos next to bouquets of flowers in front of the building where David Bowie had his New York apartment, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Lundeen is making a face with his hands reminiscent of Bowie. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Visitors take an audio tour at the Groninger Museum which hosts the "DAVID BOWIE is' exhibit, in Groningen, northern Netherlands, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. The museum is normally closed on Mondays but opened its doors to allow people to sign a book of condolences for the deceased popstar and visit the Bowie exhibit which runs till March 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
A woman lays flowers underneath a commemorative plaque to David Bowie's iconic creation, Ziggy Stardust, in Heddon Street, London, marking the 40th anniversary of the album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars, after the rock star died following an 18-month battle with cancer.
A crying woman, left, is comforted after signing a book of condolences for deceased popstar David Bowie at the Groninger Museum which hosts the "DAVID BOWIE is' exhibit, in Groningen, northern Netherlands, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. The museum is normally closed on Mondays but opened its doors to allow people to sign a condolence register and visit the Bowie exhibit which runs till March 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Flowers are left underneath a commemorative plaque to David Bowie's iconic creation, Ziggy Stardust, in Heddon Street, London, marking the 40th anniversary of the album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars, after the rock star died following an 18-month battle with cancer.
Flowers are left below a mural of David Bowie on the wall of a Morley's store in Brixton, London, the singers birthplace, after the rock star died following an 18-month battle with cancer.
A man places flowers where the Ziggy Stardust album cover of David Bowie was photographed in London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-bending persona, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69. The singer, who was born David Jones at the family home in the Brixton area of London, came of age in the glam rock era of the early 1970s. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Tributes are left beneath a mural of British singer David Bowie, following the announcement of Bowie's death, in Brixton, south London, on January 11, 2016. British music icon David Bowie died of cancer at the age of 69, drawing an outpouring of tributes for the innovative star famed for groundbreaking hits like 'Ziggy Stardust' and his theatrical shape-shifting style. AFP PHOTO / CHRIS RATCLIFFE / AFP / CHRIS RATCLIFFE (Photo credit should read CHRIS RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
A fan wears a badge showing David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust at the location where the album cover was photographed in London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-bending persona, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69. The singer, who was born David Jones at the family home in the Brixton area of London, came of age in the glam rock era of the early 1970s. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Flowers are placed where the Ziggy Stardust album cover of David Bowie was photographed in London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-bending persona, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69. The singer, who was born David Jones at the family home in the Brixton area of London, came of age in the glam rock era of the early 1970s. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Flowers and tributes are placed next to a mural of British singer David Bowie by artist Jimmy C in Brixton, south London, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday aged 69. He was born in Brixton. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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In addition to several visual clues in the music video, the opening lyrics of the song are, "Look up here, I'm in heaven/I've got scars that can't be seen." The lyrics conclude, "Oh I'll be free. Just like that bluebird. Oh I'll be free. Ain't that just like me."

Bowie's family confirmed the news of his death in a Facebook post to his official fan page on Jan. 10.

"David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer," the message read. "While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family's privacy during their time of grief."

Bowie will be honored at a concert at Carnegie Hall on March 31 featuring the Roots, Cyndi Lauper and the Mountain Goats.

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