The late David Bowie’s new studio album, Blackstar, is on pace to become the influential British rocker’s first-ever #1 record on the Billboard 200 chart. 

According to Billboard, industry forecasters are estimating that the album, which was released on Bowie’s 69th birthday this past Friday just two days before the singer died of cancer could sell around 130,000 copies during its first week of release, enough for it to grab the top spot on the tally.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks albums using a system that combines traditional album sales with other factors, including streaming.  With Blackstar’s equivalent album figure expected to exceed 130,000, that should be enough to beat out the reigning #1 album, Adele’s 25, and all other competitors.

Bowie’s previous highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 was his 2013 release, The Next Day, which debuted and peaked at #2. David had six other albums that made it into the top 10 of the chart, including 1976’s Station to Station, which reached #3, and 1983’s Let’s Dance, which peaked at #4.

As we know, Bowie passed away Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer. Since news of his unexpected death emerged, artists from across the musical spectrum have been coming forward with tribute messages and remembrances. Here are a few of homages to add to the growing list honoring the rock icon:

Keith Richards: “I’m deeply saddened by such a sudden shock. David was a true original in everything he did and, along with many others…I’m going to miss him. Another goodbye to another good friend.”

Alice Cooper: “I have certainly lost one of my life-time Rock and Roll theatrical comrades in David Bowie. We both started in theatrical Rock N Roll at the same time, and in some cases we challenged each other to go farther and push the envelope. The loss of David Bowie will be hard to swallow for everyone. He leaves behind a rich history of musical and cultural experimentation and invention that will rarely be seen again, if ever. He was one of a kind. The man that fell to Earth has gone back to the planet that he came from.”


Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox: “Like a gazillion other people, I feel stunned by the news that David Bowie has departed this earth. At the loss of someone who has impacted and influenced your life, you can hardly begin to measure the shape of what’s left behind. Our personal and collective inner landscape has shifted and we’re trying to come to terms with it.”

R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe: “Right now, it feels as if the solar system is off [its] axis, as if one of our main planetary anchors has lost [its] orbit. That said I am certain that wherever Bowie is now  I want to be there someday.”