This David Bowie article was written by Matt Shore, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zara Heath.
The final album from one of music’s true pioneers has made it to No.1 in the Billboard 200 album charts. David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’, released as a last message to his fans, has been met with critical acclaim since its release, and becomes the first album by the late “starman” to have reached the US chart heights. ‘Blackstar’ was released two days before David Bowie’s death on the 8th January, his 69th birthday.
Much has been made of the album, with many analysing Bowie’s poignant lyrics and artistic merit of his music videos, released for the songs ‘Blackstar’ and ‘Lazarus’. His death also brings a resurgence in popularity of some of his previous albums, with ‘Best of Bowie’ (2002) and ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’ (1972) charting for the first time since their releases, at numbers 4 and 21 respectively.
As well the album itself revealing the creative genius of David Bowie in the twilight of his life, the success of ‘Blackstar’ and the charting of previous albums is just a small indication of his impact. Above all, it suggests that Bowie’s many fans, through his music, are celebrating surely one of the most influential solo artists of our time, and is a fitting end to an extraordinarily long and successful presence in the music charts.
‘Blackstar’ is out now via ISO/Columbia.