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

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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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.
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)
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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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