David Bowie's Blackstar set for top of album chart
David Bowie's new album Blackstar has charged into the number one spot following news of his death.
The singer's 25th studio album was released on Friday to coincide with his 69th birthday and had already taken an early lead.
Blackstar has combined sales of more than 43,000, which puts Bowie 25,000 ahead of his closest competitor, Elvis Presley, and almost guarantees a number one when the charts are announced on Friday, according to the Official Charts Company.
If it achieves the feat, Blackstar will be Bowie's 10th chart-topping album.
Official Charts Company chief executive Martin Talbot said: "Today is an awful day for all lovers of music. And the fact that David Bowie's new album Blackstar was on course for number one this week, even before today's terrible news, says everything about his continuing relevance - over 40 years since his first hit records.
"We are expecting a huge surge for a wide range of Bowie albums in this week's Official Albums Chart. Bowie made so many great albums, constantly reinventing himself, that everyone has their own favourites and fans are clearly reminding themselves of his massive contribution to popular music by buying these great, iconic works."
Bowie first entered the charts in July 1969 with his track Space Oddity, and scored 25 top 10 singles and 29 top 10 albums across his career.
Several of his songs are expected to re-enter the singles chart this week as fans pay tribute to the singer.
In the chart update, Elvis's If I Can Dream holds in second place while Adele's 25 slips to third after seven weeks at number one.
Justin Bieber's Purpose stays at four while James Bay's Chaos And The Calm rounds off the top five.