Bowie Scores First No. 1 Album Ever His 'Blackstar' debuts at top of Billboard 200 chart By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff Posted Jan 17, 2016 1:35 PM CST 19 comments Comments In this Dec. 15, 2003 file photo, singer/songwriter David Bowie launches his United States leg of his worldwide tour called "A Reality Tour," at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File) (Newser) – If only David Bowie were here to see it. The legendary rocker just scored his first-ever No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his newly released Blackstar, Billboard reports. Less than a week after Bowie died of cancer, his jazz-inspired record streaked to the top with 181,000 equivalent album units and knocked Adele's 25 down to No. 2. Nine other Bowie albums also debuted or re-entered the chart, including Best of Bowie (No. 4) and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (No. 21). His previous top-ranked album was The Next Day (hitting No. 2 in 2013). Blackstar is also topping the UK album chart, where Bowie's had nine other No .1 albums, Idolator reports.