David Bowie becomes most popular UK recording artist of 2016

Virgin Radio

18 May 2017, 13:39

David Bowie was the most popular recording artist of 2016 in the UK, as many listened to his music in the months after his death.

The musician passed away in January 2016 at the age of 69 after battling cancer. Following this his albums were purchased or streamed 1.6 million times.

His last album, entitled  was the sixth-most popular record of the year 2016 across all formats. It was released just two days before his death.

The album also reached number five in the top 10 global album sales list. 

The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said Bowie was the second most popular recording artist in 2016, finishing behind only Drake.