David Bowie (English singer, songwriter & actor)

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Legal name: David Robert Jones


David Robert Jones (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016), known professionally as David Bowie (), was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He is often considered to be one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He was a leading figure in popular music and was 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 significantly influencing 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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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2011 The Old Grey Whistle Test: 40th Anniversary Album Various Artists 1
2011 The Platinum Collection: Greatest Hits I, II & III Queen 1
2011 Pure… Singer/Songwriter Various Artists 1
2011 100 Megahits Pop & Rock Various Artists 1
2011 Katalogue Kashmir 2
2011 Anthems: Alternative 80s Various Artists 2
2011 Me to You at Christmas Various Artists 1
2011 80s Mixtape Various Artists 1
2011 The Best of DMC: Bootlegs, Cut-Ups and Two Trackers, Volume 6 Various Artists 1
2012 Brit Awards 2012 Various Artists 1
2012 Glam Rock Anthology Various Artists 1
2012 Every Mother Counts 2012 Various Artists 1
2012 London 2012: 20 Classic Songs of the City Various Artists 1
2012 Now That's What I Call a No. 1 Various Artists 2
2012 Crème Anglaise Various Artists 1
2012 Isles of Wonder: Music For the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games Various Artists 2
2012 Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music Various Artists 1
2012 Pure... Rock Various Artists 1
2012 Pure… Voices Various Artists 1
2012 Pure… Guitar Legends Various Artists 1
2012 Now That’s What I Call Christmas (2012) Various Artists 1
2012 Anthems: Electronic 80s 3 Various Artists 1
2012 Mastermix Classic Cuts, Volume 107: 80s 12″ Various Artists 1
2012 Now That’s What I Call Classic Rock Hits Various Artists 2
2012 Oriental Rocking Beats: Exotic Club & Chillout Grooves Various Artists 1
2012 The Greatest Guitar Riffs of All Time Various Artists 1
2013 Les Inrockuptibles : Un Printemps 2013, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2013 Radio 538 Hitzone 65 Various Artists 1
2013 Now That's What I Call 30 Years Various Artists 1
2013 Fade to Grey 1980–1984 Various Artists 1
2013 100 Hits: Christmas Various Artists 1
2013 Now That’s What I Call Christmas (2013) Various Artists 1
2013 Sleeping Beauties: Songs We Shouldn't Forget Various Artists 1
2013 Now That’s What I Call Movies Various Artists 5 3
2013 Greatest Hits From Outer Space Various Artists 1
2013 Life Is Music 2013.1 Various Artists 1
2013 Oh Yes We Can Love: A History of Glam Rock Various Artists 1
2013 Top 2000 Editie 2013 Various Artists 1
2014 Лучший из Iggy Pop Iggy Pop 1
2014 De Maxx Long Player 29 Various Artists 1
2014 Now That's What I Call Drive Various Artists 1
2014 White Christmas Various Artists 2
2014 Jackie: The Party Album Various Artists 1
2014 De Tijdloze Various Artists 1
2014 Brit Awards 2014 Various Artists 1
2014 Pop Rock Station by Zegut Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2015 The Icons Ghetto Funk Allstars 1
2015 Brit Awards 2015 Various Artists 1
2015 Studio Collection Queen 5 1
2015 Ultimate Rock Various Artists 1
2015 Ultimate Rock - Great Rock Music Various Artists 1
2015 Without You I’m Nothing: B‐Sides Placebo 1
2015 Jon Savage's 1966: The Year The Decade Exploded Various Artists 1
2015 Now That’s What I Call Christmas (2015) Various Artists 1
2015 Now That’s What I Call the 80s Various Artists 1
2015 Teenage Wasteland: 16 Early Fave Raves of the President Toomas Hendrik Ilves 1
2015 The Seventies Album Various Artists 1
2015 Ultimate Drive Various Artists 1
2016 The Many Faces of David Bowie Various Artists 4 2
2016 2016 Remasters: Freebies The Reflex 1
2016 Now That’s What I Call Music! 93 (UK) Various Artists 1 1
2016 Ultimate Guitar Legends Various Artists 1
2016 De Afrekening 60 Various Artists 2
2016 The Duets Album Various Artists 1
2016 Chilled Electronic 80s Various Artists 1
2016 Twentyears Air 3
2016 Kuschelrock 30 Various Artists 2
2016 A Place for Us to Dream Placebo 5
2016 Let's Go Down and Blow Our Minds: The British Psychedelic Sounds of 1967 Various Artists 1
2016 NOW That’s What I Call 70s Various Artists 1
2016 Now That's What I Call Merry Christmas Various Artists 1
2016 The Eighties Album Various Artists 1
2017 Brit Awards 2017 Various Artists 1
2017 Now That’s What I Call Merry Christmas Various Artists 1
2017 The Many Faces of Iggy Pop Iggy Pop 1
2018 Free Edits The Reflex 1
2018 Paradise - The Sound Of Ivor Raymonde Various Artists 1
2018 Essentials Queen 1
4FM You’ve Got the Music in You Various Artists 1
20 Years on MTV: 1981 Various Artists 1
20 Years on MTV: 1983 Various Artists 1
20 Years on MTV: 1985 Various Artists 1
30 Jahre Top Ten Hits: Die 70er! Various Artists 1
30 of the Greatest Number One Various Artists 1
50 Years of the Greatest Hit Singles Various Artists 1
100 Rock Hits Various Artists 1
Absolute Kursk (European Release) Various Artists 1
Acoustic Love Songs 2 Various Artists 1
Afscheid Various Artists 1
Air Guitar Various Artists 1
All Stars Disco 7 & 8 Various Artists 1
An Easy Christmas Various Artists 1
Angry Music Project Various Artists 1
B Sides & Remixes Placebo 1
Best Alternative, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
Best of the 80's Various Artists 2 1
Classic Cuts: Ballad Box 2 Various Artists 1
Classic Cuts: Christmas Cuts Various Artists 1
Classic Cuts: Number 2’s Various Artists 1
Classic Rock Tracks, Volume 1 Various Artists 1

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