David Bowie

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Legal name: David Robert Jones


David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie ( BOH-ee), was an English singer-songwriter and actor. A leading figure in the music industry, he is regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Bowie was acclaimed by critics and musicians, particularly for his innovative work during the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, and his music and stagecraft had a significant impact on popular music.

Bowie developed an interest in music from an early age. He studied art, music and design before embarking on a professional career as a musician in 1963. "Space Oddity", released in 1969, was his first top-five entry on the UK Singles Chart. 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 Bowie's 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 towards a sound he characterised as "plastic soul", initially alienating many of his UK fans 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. In 1977, he again changed direction with the electronic-inflected album Low, the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno that came 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 three number-one hits: the 1980 single "Ashes to Ashes", its album Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), and "Under Pressure" (a 1981 collaboration with Queen). He achieved massive commercial success in the 1980s starting with Let's Dance (1983). Between 1988 and 1992, he fronted the hard rock band Tin Machine before resuming his solo career in 1993. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Bowie continued to experiment with musical styles, including industrial and jungle. He also continued acting; his roles included Major Jack Celliers in Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), Jareth the Goblin King 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 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 Next Day. He remained musically active until his death from liver cancer at his home in New York City. He died two days after both his 69th birthday and the release of his final album, Blackstar (2016).

During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at over 100 million records worldwide, made him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. In the UK, he was awarded ten platinum, eleven gold and eight silver album certifications, and released 11 number-one albums. In the US, he received five platinum and nine gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Rolling Stone ranked him among the greatest artists in history. As of 2022, Bowie was the best-selling vinyl artist of the 21st century.

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1967David BowieDavid Bowie3.1511
1969David Bowie (aka “Man of Words / Man of Music” then “Space Oddity”)David Bowie3.7533
1970The Man Who Sold the WorldDavid Bowie3.823
1971Hunky DoryDavid Bowie4.432
1972The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From MarsDavid Bowie4.651
1973Aladdin SaneDavid Bowie3.828
1973Pin UpsDavid Bowie3.218
1974Diamond DogsDavid Bowie3.926
1975Young AmericansDavid Bowie3.6520
1976Station to StationDavid Bowie4.1525
1977LowDavid Bowie4.422
1977“Heroes”David Bowie4.321
1978David Bowie Narrates Prokofiev’s Peter and the WolfProkofiev; David Bowie, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy4.56
1979LodgerDavid Bowie3.924
1980Scary Monsters… and Super CreepsDavid Bowie3.8519
1983Let’s DanceDavid Bowie3.928
1984TonightDavid Bowie3.1517
1987Never Let Me DownDavid Bowie318
1993Black Tie White NoiseDavid Bowie2.8512
19951.Outside: The Nathan Adler Diaries: A Hyper CycleDavid Bowie421
1997EarthlingDavid Bowie3.5517
1999‘hours…’David Bowie3.219
2002HeathenDavid Bowie3.8521
2003RealityDavid Bowie3.918
2011ToyDavid Bowie3.358
2013The Next DayDavid Bowie3.818
2016 (Blackstar)David Bowie4.4516

Album + Compilation

1970The World of David BowieDavid Bowie33
1973Images 1966–1967David Bowie34
1976ChangesOneBowieDavid Bowie39
1977Starting PointDavid Bowie32
1978Bowie NowDavid Bowie2
1979David BowieDavid Bowie31
1980The Best of BowieDavid Bowie2.52
1981ChangesTwoBowieDavid Bowie37
1981Another FaceDavid Bowie32
1981David Bowie (La grande storia del rock)David Bowie31
1982RareDavid Bowie35
1982FashionsDavid Bowie41
1982Portrait of a StarDavid Bowie31
1983A Second FaceDavid Bowie32
1983Golden Years (compilation album)David Bowie34
1983Space Oddity / The Man Who Sold the WorldDavid Bowie1
1984Fame and Fashion (David Bowie’s All Time Greatest Hits)David Bowie36
1989Sound + VisionDavid Bowie4.7511
1990ChangesbowieDavid Bowie4.414
1990David BowieDavid Bowie1
1991Early On (1964–1966)David Bowie31
1992David Bowie: The CollectionDavid Bowie1
1993The Singles CollectionDavid Bowie411
1993The Gospel According to David BowieDavid Bowie32
1995RarestOneBowieDavid Bowie32
1995London BoyDavid Bowie2
1996The Laughing GnomeDavid Bowie31
1997The Deram Anthology 1966–1968David Bowie33
1997The Best of David Bowie 1969/1974David Bowie36
1997Alternative BiographyDavid Bowie31
1997The 24K Gold Collection: Golden YearsDavid Bowie1
1998The Best of David Bowie 1974/1979David Bowie33
2000Bowie at the Beeb: The Best of the BBC Radio Sessions 68–72David Bowie4.511
2001All Saints (Collected Instrumentals 1977–1999)David Bowie4
2002Best of BowieDavid Bowie4.0535
2003Club Bowie (rare and unreleased 12″ mixes)David Bowie1
2003To Have and Not HaveDavid Bowie1
2005The CollectionDavid Bowie2
2005The Platinum CollectionDavid Bowie33
2005The CollectionDavid Bowie1
2006I Dig Everything: The 1966 Pye SinglesDavid Bowie1
2007The Best of David Bowie 1980/1987David Bowie2
2007Outside / Earthling / Hours / Heathen / RealityDavid Bowie41
2007The Secret SongsDavid Bowie1
2008iSELECTDavid Bowie43
2012Original Album ClassicsDavid Bowie1
2013Zeit! 77–79David Bowie2
2014Nothing has changed.David Bowie411
2015Five Years 1969–1973David Bowie47
2016Who Can I Be Now? 1974–1976David Bowie15
2016LegacyDavid Bowie46
2017BowpromoDavid Bowie1
2017A New Career in a New Town (1977–1982)David Bowie6
2018Loving the Alien (1983–1988)David Bowie3
2019Conversation PieceDavid Bowie35
2020The Width of a CircleDavid Bowie2
2021Brilliant Adventure [1992–2001]David Bowie2
202260s RaritiesDavid Bowie1
2022Divine Symmetry (An Alternative Journey Through Hunky Dory)David Bowie2
Divine Symmetry (Official 2022 release, complement to Hunky Dory)David Bowie0

Album + Compilation + Live

2008Reality / A Reality TourDavid Bowie1

Album + Compilation + Remix

2019DanceDavid Bowie1

Album + Compilation + Demo

2019The ‘Mercury’ DemosDavid Bowie with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson1

Album + Soundtrack

1981Christiane F.: Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof ZooDavid Bowie3.55
1984Love You Till TuesdayDavid Bowie4
1986Labyrinth: From the Original Soundtrack of the Jim Henson FilmDavid Bowie / Trevor Jones310
1993The Buddha of SuburbiaDavid Bowie2.656
2016Lazarus (2016 original New York cast)David Bowie and Enda Walsh2.53
2022Moonage Daydream: A Film by Brett MorgenDavid Bowie2

Album + Soundtrack + Live

1983Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture SoundtrackDavid Bowie4.3513

Album + Spokenword

2017David Bowie: Starman Audio DocumentaryDavid Bowie1

Album + Live

1974David LiveDavid Bowie11
1978StageDavid Bowie315

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