One: He has never had a number one album. Say what, now? Let me repeat that. He has never had a number one album. However, it appears that the truthiness of that statement is draining away minute by minute, because his swan song album, ★ (Blackstar) suddenly gathered momentum after his death was announced on Sunday, and now appears to be within spitting distance of the number one position on the Billboard 200 chart. That lofty perch has been occupied for seven straight weeks by Adele‘s 25.
During his lifetime, Bowie had seven albums in the top ten, with The Next Day reaching the highest position. Let’s Dance, ChangesOneBowie, Station To Station (glorious), Young Americans, David Live and Diamond Dogs comprise the rest of that list.
Two: On his Twitter feed, music journalist and Our Band Could Be Your Life author Michael Azerrad has identified yet another clue with which the late icon presented us just before his exit:
Staggering, indeed. Times two.