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 (/ˈbi/), was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a figure in popular music for over five decades, becoming acclaimed by critics and other musicians for his innovative work. 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 in Brixton, 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. He 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. He remained musically active until he died of liver cancer two days after the release of his final album, Blackstar (2016).

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2015 Side by Side: Kingdom Come Tom Verlaine / David Bowie 1
2015 David Bowie 1
2015 Amsterdam David Bowie 1
2015 Lazarus David Bowie 1
2016 TVC15 (2010 Harry Maslin mix) David Bowie 1
2016 Life on Mars? (2016 mix) David Bowie 1
2016 I Can’t Give Everything Away David Bowie 1
2017 Lady Stardust / Crystal Japan David Bowie 1

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Ziggy Stardust David Bowie 2
2000 Survive David Bowie 3
2016 Rock ’n’ Roll With Me David Bowie 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Sound + Vision (remix) David Bowie vs 808 State 1
1995 The Hearts Filthy Lesson David Bowie 3 10
1995 Hallo Spaceboy David Bowie 9
2013 Love Is Lost David Bowie 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Space Oddity / Moonage Daydream / Life on Mars / It Ain’t Easy David Bowie 1
1973 Rebel Rebel / Queen Bitch / Sorrow / Amsterdam David Bowie 1
1982 In Bertolt Brecht’s Baal David Bowie 4 3
1997 Three Track Sampler David Bowie 1
1997 Earthling in the City David Bowie 4 1
2000 Grandes mitos David Bowie 1
2001 Substitute: The Songs of The Who David Bowie, Pearl Jam, Paul Weller 1
2009 Space Oddity David Bowie 1
2013 Pin-Ups Radio Show David Bowie 2
2013 The Next Day Extra EP David Bowie 1
2017 No Plan David Bowie 4.5 4

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Live EP (live at Fashion Rocks) Arcade Fire & David Bowie 5 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Sampler David Bowie with Dana Gillespie 1
1993 Excerpts 1993 David Bowie 1
1999 20th Century Boy David Bowie 1
Something Really Fishy David Bowie 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Interview David Bowie 1
1983 Let’s Talk / Rare Interview David Bowie 1
1993 Interview Picture Disc David Bowie 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Thursday’s Child / China Girl (Nulle Part Ailleurs, 1999) David Bowie 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2016 Space Oddity: F.M. Broadcast 1983 David Bowie & Stevie Ray Vaughan 1

Broadcast + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Nulle Part Ailleurs LIVE 12 David Bowie 1
2002 Heathen Tour David Bowie 1
2016 2000-06-25: Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, UK David Bowie 1
2016 We Prick You Nine Inch Nails feat. David Bowie 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 The World of David Bowie David Bowie 1
David Bowie David Bowie 1
David Bowie Songbook David Bowie 1
Vintage David Bowie 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Shadow Man David Bowie 1
2000 Duos David Bowie 1
2013 Zeit! 77–79 David Bowie 1
The Rise and Rise of Ziggy Stardust: BBC Radio Session 1967–1972 David Bowie 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970‐02‐05: The Sunday Show, BBC Paris Studio, Lower Regent Street, London, England David Bowie & The Tony Visconti Trio 1
1972‐01‐11: Sounds of the 70's: John Peel, T1, Kensington House, Shepherds Bush, London, England David Bowie 1

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