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David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ debuts at No. 1

The late David Bowie finally has a No. 1 album, as “Blackstar” debuted atop the Billboard chart.LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS

The late David Bowie finally has a No. 1 album, as “Blackstar” debuted atop the Billboard chart.

The Starman has finally topped the charts stateside.

David Bowie’s final album, “Blackstar,” debuted in Billboard’s top spot this week — giving the late rocker the first No. 1 album of his illustrious career.

“Blackstar,” which was released last week — two days before to his death at 69 — earned more than 174,000 pure album sales. It’s Bowie’s best-selling week of his career.

The iconic singer had come close to landing in the top spot several times with four different albums peaking within the top-five — including “The Next Day,” which reached No. 2 in 2013.

Sales were clearly impacted by Bowie’s unexpected death on Jan. 10 of cancer, as nine of the singer’s other albums either re-entered or made their debuts on the Billboard’s top 200 last week.

Bowie, who had previously reached No. 1 multiple times in the U.K. and Australia, released 27 studio albums over the course of his five highly influential decades in the industry.

In addition, the “Space Oddity” singer apparently didn’t intend for “Blackstar” to be his final album, as his longtime producer Tony Visconti revealed last week that Bowie expected to release at least one more album before his death.

“Blackstar” was released just two days before Bowie died of cancer.JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images

“Blackstar” was released just two days before Bowie died of cancer.

“At that late stage, he was planning the follow-up to ‘Blackstar,'” Visconti told Rolling Stone. “I was thrilled, and I thought, and he thought, that he’d have a few months, at least.”

But some of the more daunting lyrics in “Blackstar” hinted that death could be near for the singer, who found out in November that his cancer was terminal.

“Something happened on the day he died,” Bowie sang in the album’s title track.

“Spirit rose a meter and stepped aside/Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried/I’m a Blackstar.”

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