David Bowie (English singer, songwriter & actor)

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David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (), was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry and is often considered to be one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, acclaimed by critics and fellow musicians, particularly for his innovative work during the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, with his music and stagecraft having a significant impact on popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million albums worldwide, made him one of the world's best-selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded ten platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, releasing eleven 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.

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, directed by Nicolas Roeg, 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 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 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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2003 Legends II Various Artists 1
2003 50 Years of the Greatest Hit Singles: Platinum Collection Various Artists 1
2003 School Reunion: The 80's Various Artists 1
2003 The Best Air Guitar Album in the World… III Various Artists 1
2003 I Love 2 Party 2004 Various Artists 1
2003 I Love Christmas Various Artists 1
2003 Tenth Anniversary: Ongoing History of New Music Various Artists 1
2003 80’s Replay Various Artists 1
2003 Always Tomorrow Various Artists 1
2003 Best of British Various Artists 1
2003 Capital Gold Seventies Legends Various Artists 1
2003 Classic Cuts Presents: 70’s Night: The Definitive DJ Collection: A to B Various Artists 1
2003 Essential 70s Various Artists 1
2003 FM Light Hits Various Artists 1
2003 Forever Bing Bing Crosby 1
2003 Happy Holidays, Volume 38 Various Artists 1
2003 It’s Called Rock Various Artists 1
2003 Knuffelrock 15 Various Artists 1
2003 Legends: Ultimate Rock Collection: Crank It Up Various Artists 5 3
2003 Mai 68 Various Artists 1
2003 Music@Work: Daytime Delights 4 Various Artists 1
2003 Need for Speed: Porsche: 40 Jahre 911 Various Artists 1
2003 Peace Songs Various Artists 1
2003 Q: Best of 03 Various Artists 1
2003 Rock Platinum Various Artists 1
2003 Seventies Various Artists 1
2003 Simply the Best Guitar Album Various Artists 1
2003 Songs Inspired by Literature, Chapter Two Various Artists 1
2003 The Best Christmas Album in the World ... Ever! Various Artists 1
2003 The Lonely Planet Bono 1
2004 Brit Awards 2004 Various Artists 1
2004 Gary Crowley Presents Where the Action Is! Various Artists 2
2004 Guitar of the Millennium Various Artists 2
2004 Freq.beats Various Artists 1
2004 Absolute Seventies, Volume 2 Various Artists 2
2004 Blue Eyed Soul Various Artists 1
2004 Ö3 Greatest Hits 25 Various Artists 1
2004 Absolute Rock Ballads Classics 2 Various Artists 1
2004 Les Hits de la pub Various Artists 1
2004 Back to the Movies: Hits From the Flix Various Artists 1
2004 Monday Mixtape Various Artists 1
2004 Under the Influence: Bob Geldof Various Artists 1
2004 #1s: 38 of the Greatest #1 Singles of All Time Various Artists 3
2004 38 of the Greatest #1 Singles of All Time Various Artists 1
2004 Rock Legends Various Artists 1
2004 Summer in the Sixties Various Artists 1
2004 Super 70’s Rock Various Artists 1
2004 Rock Ballads Various Artists 1
2004 Bigger Better Power Ballads II Various Artists 1
2004 Q: Essential Glastonbury Various Artists 1
2004 Digital Beauties .001 Various Artists 1
2004 20 Original Mod Classics Various Artists 5 2
2004 Rewind Various Artists 1
2004 Alternative Moments V Various Artists 1
2004 The Best Pub Jukebox... Ever! Various Artists 3 1
2004 Absolute Soft Rock Classics Various Artists 1
2004 Once More With Feeling: Singles 1996–2004 Placebo 2 9
2004 The Very Best of Legends Various Artists 1
2004 All the Best Tina Turner 2.75 7
2004 The World’s Greatest Various Artists 1
2004 School Reunion: The Disco Various Artists 1
2004 UK Music Hall of Fame Various Artists 1
2004 Virgin Radio: The Album Various Artists 1
2004 Christmas Hits: 60 Festive Favourites Various Artists 2
2004 Die Hit-Giganten: Weihnachten Various Artists 6
2004 The Best No. 1 Singles in the World …Ever! Various Artists 3 1
2004 The Best Videos in the World …Ever! Various Artists 1
2004 Big Shiny '80s Various Artists 1
2004 40 Jaar Top 40: 1969-1970 Various Artists 1
2004 40 Jaar Top 40: 1983-1984 Various Artists 1
2004 40 Jaar Top 40: 1989–1990 Various Artists 1
2004 80's Christmas Party Various Artists 1
2004 100 Hits Ob‐La‐Di Ob‐La‐Da Various Artists 1
2004 100 Hits Rock On Various Artists 1
2004 Acoustic Songbook Various Artists 1
2004 Années 60 Various Artists 1
2004 Borders Rock Essentials, Volume III Various Artists 1
2004 Christmas Classics 2004 Various Artists 1
2004 Donna’s Top 2004 Various Artists 1
2004 Girls Night Out Various Artists 1
2004 I Love Music Various Artists 1
2004 I Love Music 1970-1974: Teenage Rampage Various Artists 2
2004 I Love Music 1985-1989: Alive and Kicking Various Artists 1
2004 L’Odyssée du Rock Various Artists 1
2004 Legends: Ultimate Rock Collection: We Will Rock You Various Artists 1
2004 MTV Indian Grooves Various Artists 1
2004 Pieprz i Wanilia, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2004 RTL Christmas Fever Various Artists 1
2004 Smooching Classics From Hot School Nights Various Artists 1
2004 Soundtrack for Revolution Various Artists 1
2004 Stone Cold Classics Various Artists 1
2004 Ultimate Pop Various Artists 1
2004 Wham Glam Thank You Ma’am Various Artists 1
2004 Winter Wonderland Various Artists 1
2005 Happy Hour Volume 2 - Classic Rock Various Artists 1
2005 Legends of Rock Various Artists 1
2005 Legends III Various Artists 1
2005 Real Eighties: Hits + Extended Mixes Various Artists 1
2005 We Love the Pirates Various Artists 1
2005 And the Beat Goes On Various Artists 1

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