David Bowie

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Legal name: David Robert Jones

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David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (/ˈbi/), was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, regarded by critics and musicians as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, his music and stagecraft significantly influencing popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million worldwide, made him one of the world's best-selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded nine platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, releasing eleven number-one albums. In the US, he received five platinum and seven gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Born and raised in south London, Bowie developed an interest in music as a child, eventually studying art, music and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963. "Space Oddity" became his first top-five entry on the UK Singles Chart after its release in July 1969. After a period of experimentation, he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with his flamboyant and androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. The character was spearheaded by the success of his single "Starman" and album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, which won him widespread popularity. In 1975, Bowie's style shifted radically towards a sound he characterised as "plastic soul", initially alienating many of his UK devotees but garnering him his first major US crossover success with the number-one single "Fame" and the album Young Americans. In 1976, Bowie starred in the cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth and released Station to Station. The following year, he further confounded musical expectations with the electronic-inflected album Low (1977), the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno that would come to be known as the "Berlin Trilogy". "Heroes" (1977) and Lodger (1979) followed; each album reached the UK top five and received lasting critical praise.

After uneven commercial success in the late 1970s, Bowie had UK number ones with the 1980 single "Ashes to Ashes", its parent album Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), and "Under Pressure", a 1981 collaboration with Queen. He then reached his commercial peak in 1983 with Let's Dance, with its title track topping both UK and US charts. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including industrial and jungle. Bowie also continued acting; his roles included Major Celliers in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), the Goblin King Jareth in Labyrinth (1986), Pontius Pilate in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige (2006), among other film and television appearances and cameos. He stopped concert touring after 2004 and his last live performance was at a charity event in 2006. In 2013, Bowie returned from a decade-long recording hiatus with the release of The Next Day and remained musically active until he died of liver cancer two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar (2016).

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 David Bowie David Bowie 2.7 9
1969 David Bowie (aka “Man of Words / Man of Music” then “Space Oddity”) David Bowie 3.7 23
1970 The Man Who Sold the World David Bowie 3.8 19
1971 Hunky Dory David Bowie 4.5 24
1972 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars David Bowie 4.7 40
1973 Aladdin Sane David Bowie 3.65 19
1973 Pin Ups David Bowie 3.2 14
1974 Diamond Dogs David Bowie 3.7 21
1975 Young Americans David Bowie 3.6 15
1976 Station to Station David Bowie 4.1 21
1977 Low David Bowie 4.25 19
1977 “Heroes” David Bowie 4.3 17
1979 Lodger David Bowie 4 13
1980 Scary Monsters… and Super Creeps David Bowie 3.15 13
1983 Let’s Dance David Bowie 3.65 19
1984 Tonight David Bowie 3 10
1987 Never Let Me Down David Bowie 3.5 11
1993 Black Tie White Noise David Bowie 2.55 8
1995 1.Outside: The Nathan Adler Diaries: A Hyper Cycle David Bowie 3.9 18
1997 Earthling David Bowie 3.7 15
1999 ‘hours…’ David Bowie 3 17
2002 Heathen David Bowie 4 19
2003 Reality David Bowie 3.65 17
2013 The Next Day David Bowie 3.55 16
2016 (Blackstar) David Bowie 4.5 10

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 The World of David Bowie David Bowie 1
1973 Images 1966–1967 David Bowie 4
1976 ChangesOneBowie David Bowie 4
1977 Starting Point David Bowie 2
1978 David Bowie Narrates Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf Prokofiev; The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy, David Bowie 5 5
1979 David Bowie David Bowie 1
1980 The Best of Bowie David Bowie 1
1981 ChangesTwoBowie David Bowie 4
1981 Another Face David Bowie 1
1981 Don’t Be Fooled by the Name David Bowie 14
1981 Historia de la musica rock David Bowie 1
1981 La grande storia del rock David Bowie 1
1982 Rare David Bowie 5
1982 Fashions David Bowie 1
1982 Portrait of a Star David Bowie 1
1983 A Second Face David Bowie 1
1983 Golden Years (compilation album) David Bowie 4
1984 Fame and Fashion (David Bowie’s All Time Greatest Hits) David Bowie 6
1989 Sound + Vision David Bowie 4.65 9
1990 Changesbowie David Bowie 4 9
1991 Early On (1964–1966) David Bowie 3 1
1993 The Singles Collection David Bowie 4 7
1993 The Gospel According to David Bowie David Bowie 2
1995 RarestOneBowie David Bowie 2
1997 The Deram Anthology 1966–1968 David Bowie 3 2
1997 The Best of David Bowie 1969/1974 David Bowie 3
1997 Alternative Biography David Bowie 1
1998 The Best of David Bowie 1974/1979 David Bowie 2
1998 London Boy David Bowie 1
2000 Bowie at the Beeb: The Best of the BBC Radio Sessions 68–72 David Bowie 4.5 9
2001 All Saints (Collected Instrumentals 1977–1999) David Bowie 3
2002 Best of Bowie David Bowie 4.05 26
2005 The Collection David Bowie 1
2005 The Platinum Collection David Bowie 3
2007 The Best of David Bowie 1980/1987 David Bowie 1
2007 Outside / Earthling / Hours / Heathen / Reality David Bowie 4 1
2007 The Secret Songs David Bowie 1
2008 iSELECT David Bowie 4 3
2012 Original Album Classics David Bowie 1
2014 Nothing has changed. David Bowie 3 11
2015 Five Years 1969–1973 David Bowie 5
Best David Bowie 1
David Bowie – Greatest Hits 2000 David Bowie 1
David Bowie (Billboard Hits USA) David Bowie 1
David Bowie: The Collection David Bowie 1
Fame and Fortune David Bowie 1
The Laughing Gnome David Bowie 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 David Live David Bowie 7
1978 Stage David Bowie 5
1983 Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture Soundtrack David Bowie 5 11
1984 Serious Moonlight David Bowie 3 3
1989 Live Santa Monica ’72 David Bowie 4 12
1991 Rock in Rio 1990 David Bowie 1
2002 Glass Spider David Bowie 4 3
2009 VH1 Storytellers David Bowie 3 2
2010 A Reality Tour David Bowie 4 3
2012 Birthday Celebration David Bowie & Friends 2

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Club Bowie: Rare and Unreleased 12″ Mixes David Bowie 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Christiane F.: Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo David Bowie 3.5 3
1984 Love You Till Tuesday David Bowie 4
1986 Labyrinth David Bowie / Trevor Jones 2.65 5
1993 The Buddha of Suburbia David Bowie 2.5 6

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 Do Anything You Say / Good Morning Girl David Bowie 1
1966 I Dig Everything / I’m Not Losing Sleep David Bowie 1
1966 Rubber Band David Bowie 1
1967 The Laughing Gnome David Bowie 1 2
1967 Love You Till Tuesday David Bowie 1
1967 Everything Is You / Social Girl David Bowie 1
1969 Space Oddity David Bowie 4
1970 The Prettiest Star David Bowie 1
1970 Memory of a Free Festival David Bowie 1
1972 John, I’m Only Dancing David Bowie 2
1972 Starman / Suffragette City David Bowie 3
1973 Drive‐In Saturday David Bowie 1
1973 Sorrow / Amsterdam David Bowie 4

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