Bowie Headed For the Top of the U.K. Album Chart With Biggest Opening Day Sales of Year

David Bowie's new album, The Next Day, sold 56,000 copies in its first day of release in the U.K., the best sales for any album so far this year.

It also set the album on a course to be Bowie's ninth number 1 LP in the U.K. and his first since 1993's Black Tie White Noise.

Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot said "Bowie is officially back! The Next Day is a true gift for all Bowie aficionados. It already sounds like a classic Bowie album – and its popularity this week is already showing that the great British public have taken it to their hearts."

In second is Bon Jovi's What About Now; however, it is only selling at about one-third the pace of the Bowie album.

An indication as to the sales in the U.S. should be available on Thursday or Friday of this week.

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