‘Blackstar’ producer Tony Visconti says the record was Bowie’s farewell to fans.


Fans are paying tribute to the musical legend following his death on Sunday.

David Bowie fans are showing their support by purchasing his latest album Blackstar out last Friday (Jan. 8), his 69th birthday. The record catapulted to No. 1 on iTunes since news broke, with his Best of Bowie collection at No. 2. The Top 10 is almost entirely Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars resides at No. 4 and Hunky Dory at No. 7. Other Bowie albums currently charting include Let’s Dance (No. 16), Nothing Has Changed (No. 18), Young Americans (No. 19), Aladdin Sane (No. 21), Heroes (No. 22) and Low (No. 23).

Blackstar is expected to hit No. 1 on the U.K. album chart later this week, reports Billboard.

Producer Tony Visconti, who worked with Bowie on Blackstar, says the album’s release coinciding with his death was a “parting gift” for fans.

“He always did what he wanted to do. And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way,” Visconti said on his Facebook page. “His death was no different from his life – a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.”

As one reader on StereoGum put it, Bowie could have spent his final months doing anything he wanted, and he spent it making an album for us.

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