The chart takes into account traditional sales, streaming equivalent albums and track equivalent albums (TEA). His record received 174,000 pure sales, the musical icon’s biggest week of sales since electronic tracking of point-of-sale music purchases began in 1991, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
The record was released two days before Bowie died of cancer aged 69 on January 10.
In addition, nine of Bowie’s previous albums also appeared on this week’s Billboard 200 chart, including the “Best of Bowie” greatest hits collection, which originally peaked at number 70 in 2002 at number four, and “The rise and fall of ziggy stardust and the spiders from Mars” at 21.
In Britain, “Blackstar” debuted at number one with sales of 150,000.
Over 500,000 Bowie records have been purchased in the last week in Britain, with 19 of his previous albums making the top 100, and 10 LPs taking slots in the top 40.