David Bowie

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David Robert Jones (born 8 January 1947), known by his stage name David Bowie (/ˈboʊ.i/), is an English musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, and arranger. Bowie has been a major figure in the world of popular music for over four decades, and is renowned as an innovator, particularly for his work in the 1970s. He is known for his distinctive voice as well as the intellectual depth and eclecticism of his work.

Bowie first caught the eye and ear of the public in July 1969 when his song "Space Oddity" reached the top five of the UK Singles Chart. After a three-year period of experimentation he re-emerged in 1972 during the glam rock era with the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust, spearheaded by the hit single "Starman" and the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Bowie's impact at that time, as described by biographer David Buckley, "challenged the core belief of the rock music of its day" and "created perhaps the biggest cult in popular culture." The relatively short-lived Ziggy persona proved merely one facet of a career marked by continual reinvention, musical innovation and striking visual presentation.

In 1975, Bowie achieved his first major American crossover success with the number-one single "Fame" and the hit album Young Americans, which the singer characterised as "plastic soul". The sound constituted a radical shift in style that initially alienated many of his UK devotees. He then confounded the expectations of both his record label and his American audiences by recording the minimalist album Low (1977)—the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno over the next two years. These so-called "Berlin Trilogy" albums all 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 a new commercial peak in 1983 with Let's Dance, which yielded several hit singles. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including blue-eyed soul, industrial, adult contemporary, and jungle. He has not toured since the 2003–04 Reality Tour and has not performed live since 2006. Bowie's latest studio album The Next Day was released in March 2013.

Buckley says of Bowie: "His influence has been unique in popular culture—he has permeated and altered more lives than any comparable figure." In the BBC's 2002 poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, Bowie was placed at number 29. Throughout his career, he has sold an estimated 140 million albums. In the UK, he has been awarded nine Platinum album certifications, 11 Gold and eight Silver, and in the US, five Platinum and seven Gold certifications. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him 39th on their list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time", and 23rd on their list of the best singers of all time.

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Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1998 I Can’t Read David Bowie 3 1
1999 Without You I’m Nothing Placebo feat. David Bowie 5 5
1999 Thursday’s Child David Bowie 4 5
1999 The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell David Bowie 1
1999 Under Pressure Queen & David Bowie 2.5 5
2000 Seven David Bowie 3 4
2001 Life On Mars? David Bowie 2 1
2002 Slow Burn David Bowie 3
2002 Everyone Says ‘Hi’ David Bowie 3 5
2002 I’ve Been Waiting For You David Bowie 1
2002 Loving the Alien The Scumfrog vs. David Bowie 2
2003 Just For One Day (Heroes) David Guetta vs. Bowie 1
2003 New Killer Star David Bowie 4 3
2003 Never Get Old David Bowie 3 2
2004 Rebel Never Gets Old David Bowie 2
2010 David Bowie Starman: The Photography of Mick Rock Mick Rock / David Bowie 1
2011 Golden Years David Bowie vs. KCRW 2
2012 Starman David Bowie 1
2012 The Jean Genie David Bowie 1
2013 Where Are We Now? David Bowie 1
2013 The Stars (Are Out Tonight) David Bowie 2
2013 The Next Day David Bowie 1
2013 Valentine's Day David Bowie 1
2013 Love Is Lost David Bowie 1

Single + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2000 Survive Live David Bowie 3 3

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1995 The Hearts Filthy Lesson Remix David Bowie 3.5 10
1995 Hallo Spaceboy Remix David Bowie 8

EP

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1982 In Bertolt Brecht’s Baal David Bowie 4 2
2009 Space Oddity David Bowie 1
2013 The Next Day Extra EP David Bowie 1

Other

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
20th Century Boy David Bowie 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
David Bowie David Bowie 1
Excerpts 1993 David Bowie 1
Vintage David Bowie 1

Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1981 Don't Be Fooled by the Name Compilation David Bowie 11
2013 Zeit! 77-79 Compilation David Bowie 1

Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1994 Ziggy Stardust Live David Bowie 2
2005 Live EP (live at Fashion Rocks) Live Arcade Fire & David Bowie 1

Remix

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1991 Sound + Vision (remix) Remix David Bowie 3 1

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