David Bowie’s surprise comeback track makes it to number six in the UK singles chart…despite fears it could miss out completely
He surprised the world and created quite the buzz on Tuesday when his song Where Are We Now appeared without warning and soon topped the download charts on iTunes. But despite the enthusiasm from David Bowie fans, the Official Charts Company had warned that sales of the song would not count towards this week’s top 40 because many were tied to orders for his new album. However they were eventually able to break the sales down further, allowing it to reach sixth place in the UK singles chart, making it his first top ten hit in over a decade.
Surprise: David Bowie released Where Are We Now? on Tuesday without warning and it has gone in at number six in the charts A question mark originally arose around the fact that anyone who has pre-ordered the 66-year-old’s album The Next Day has been given the song for free, and only paid-for tracks pass the test for the chart. More… ‘If I can do it, anyone can!’ Coronation Street’s Catherine Tyldesley reveals the secrets behind her six-stone weight loss The diet worked, then! TOWIE’s Lucy Mecklenburgh shows off her toned bikini body in Mexico after weight loss kick following 7lbs Christmas gain ‘I haven’t got long!’ Mother-of-two Louise Redknapp, 39, admits she’s under pressure to have another baby But the organization decided that paid-for downloads of Bowie’s song will still make it a chart contender, although retailers such as iTunes were required to provide separate figures for paid for downloads.
The haunting single, released after a ten year recording silence, is a reflective piece, harking back to the singer’s experience of living in Berlin during the 1970s. Haunting: The track, which is on his album The Next Day, nearly missed out on being in the charts Many fans had given up hope of him ever recording again after he appeared to retreat from the public eye, with some fleeting performances in 2006.
And now that he’s back, eager Bowie followers have stopped at nothing to show their enthusiasm for the rock star’s return. His new album, The Next Day is out in March but has already topped the iTunes chart with advance orders. Simple: It was thought that Bowie had completely retired from music after taking a ten year break The forthcoming album has already claimed the top spot on 17 countries ITunes Store Top 10 Albums charts, Including the UK, France, Germany and Canada. Scheduled for March 12 release, The Next Day has also made the top ten lists in five other countries including the US, Japan and Australia. Meanwhile in the UK charts Will.i.am secured his second UK number one single as a lead artist as Scream and Shout – featuring Britney Spears – climbed from number two. Already doing well: David’s new album The Next Day is out in March, but has already topped the iTunes chart with advance orders