As the RIAA publishes its full list of Gold and Platinum awards for February in the U.S., we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you that helped make ★ such an incredible worldwide success since its release on David Bowie’s 69th birthday on January 8th, 2016.
Here’s a round-up of some of the things you helped ★ achieve...
David Bowie's 28th and final album, ★ (ISO/Columbia), certified gold in the U.S. by the RIAA for sales in excess of 500,000 units. This followed the news from the bpi that the album had already reached Platinum status in the UK with sales in excess of 300,000.
In conjunction with the Global Recording Artist award, IFPI also issued its annual Global Top 10 list. David Bowie took second place on the global chart, with ★ reaching number one in 24 countries, including Bowie's first U.S. #1.
Additionally, ★ won in every one of the five categories in which it was nominated at the 59th Annual Recording Academy / GRAMMYs : Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance, Best Alternative Music Album, Best Recording Package, and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.
Bowie and ★ also won two BRIT Awards: British Male Solo Artist and British Album of the Year.
Also in the UK, ★ was placed at #6 on the Official Artist Albums Chart of 2016 (Parlophone’s Best Of Bowie was #10 on the same chart), while Bowie was the biggest-selling vinyl artist in the UK, with 5 albums posthumously featuring in the top 30 best-sellers on the Official Vinyl Artist Albums Chart of 2016, including ★, which was 2016’s most popular vinyl recording, selling more than double the number of copies of 2015’s best vinyl seller.
★ 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.