David Bowie ‘Blackstar’ certified gold

David Bowie’s 28th and final album, ★ (ISO/Columbia), has been certified gold in the U.S. by the RIAA for sales in excess of 500,000 units. Additionally, ★ won in every one of the five categories in which it was nominated at this weekend’s 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards: Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance, Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Package, and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.

Bowie and ★ have also garnered two Brit Awards nominations: British Male Solo Artist and British Album of the Year.

Released January 8, 2016, Bowie’s 69th birthday and two days before his death, ★ has only grown in stature, establishing itself as a critical and commercial high point of Bowie’s immortal catalogue alongside the likes of Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Low, “Heroes,” Station To Station, Scary Monsters…, Let’s Dance, Heathen, Reality and The Next Day, to name but a few.

Hitting #1 in more than 20 countries (including Bowie’s first #1 in the U.S.), ★ closed out 2016 dominating critics’ year-end best of lists: The album was rated #1 by the AV Club, Flavorwire, The Los Angeles Times, MOJO, Newsweek, Now, Paste, Q, The Wire, Uncut and more, with #2 spots including the BBC, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, NPR and Rolling Stone, and more Best of 2016 placements in major publications than any album released last year.


Author: Buddy Iahn

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