David Bowie Day Declared in New York City
Published Jan 20, 2016In the weeks following his death, David Bowie's immeasurable impact on the music world has continued to be felt. From turning down collaborations with Coldplay to having constellations named after him, the Starman continues to hold our affection and attention. Now, his adopted home of New York City has declared today (January 20) David Bowie Day.
Mayor Bill de Blasio made the official announcement earlier today, and a proclamation will be read during the curtain call of tonight's final Lazarus performance to honour the new occasion.
In addition to the stage production's sold-out run, fans have also been showing their support for the late star by buying up his music at an astonishing rate. Blackstar, released on Bowie's 69th birthday and just days before he passed, has reached No. 1 in more than 20 countries, including Canada and the United States.
As Billboard points out, the singer's sales increased by more than a whopping 5,000 percent in the week since his death. Blackstar sold 174,000 copies, while albums like Best of Bowie, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Hunky Dory, Nothing Has Changed and Let's Dance also shifted thousands of units, bringing his total album sales for the week ending January 14 to 682,000.
His popularity was reflected online as well; the number of views on Bowie's YouTube catalogue shattered the record for the most single-day streams for an artist, which was previously held by Adele.