David Bowie tops US music charts post death

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Los Angeles, Jan 18 (IANS) Late singer David Bowie’s last released album “Blackstar” has become his first record to top the charts in the US.

The chart takes into account traditional sales, streaming equivalent albums and track equivalent albums (TEA). His record received 174,000 pure sales, the musical icon’s biggest week of sales since electronic tracking of point-of-sale music purchases began in 1991, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

The record was released two days before Bowie died of cancer aged 69 on January 10.

In addition, nine of Bowie’s previous albums also appeared on this week’s Billboard 200 chart, including the “Best of Bowie” greatest hits collection, which originally peaked at number 70 in 2002 at number four, and “The rise and fall of ziggy stardust and the spiders from Mars” at 21.

In Britain, “Blackstar” debuted at number one with sales of 150,000.

Over 500,000 Bowie records have been purchased in the last week in Britain, with 19 of his previous albums making the top 100, and 10 LPs taking slots in the top 40.

‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ shines at Critics’ Choice Awards

“Mad Max: Fury Road” took as many as nine awards at the 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards.

The movie won in Best Director (George Miller), Best Action Movie, Best Actress in an Action Movie (Charlize Theron), Best Actor in an Action Movie (Tom Hardy), Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects, Best Hair and Make-up.

The awards gala, where Leonardo DiCaprio bagged the Best Actor Award for “The Revenant” and Brie Larson won the Best Actress trophy for the “Room”, took place on Sunday night in Santa Monica, reports variety.com.

“Spotlight”, directed by Tom McCarthy, was named as the Best Picture at the event.

The Best Comedy Film award was presented to “The Big Short”, and lead actor Christian Bale was handed the Best Actor In A Comedy for the same movie.

Amy Schumer won the Best Actress In A Comedy for the 2015 film “Trainwreck”, which is directed by Judd Apatow.

The Best Actor and Actress in a Supporting Role was given to Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”) and Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”).

“Ex Machina”, “Inside Out” and “Amy” bagged the Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie, Best Animated Feature and Best Documentary Feature.

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