Media Release: David Bowie, BPI comment


BPI comment on David Bowie:

LIKE so many fans and artists around the world, the BPI is profoundly saddened to hear the news of David Bowie’s passing.

A day we wished might never come – we hoped that, like his timeless music, he too would not be bound by the constraints of time.

David Bowie’s contribution to global popular culture and to British music over six decades is immeasurable, and he leaves a unique body of work that defies comparison and will forever inspire generations of artists and fans alike.

Geoff Taylor, chief executive BPI and BRIT Awards, comments: “David Bowie is one of our greatest ever songwriters and performers, as well as an acclaimed producer, actor, writer and fashion icon, who shaped our popular culture like no other artist.

“David was a true visionary and ground-breaking pioneer who consistently pushed back the frontiers of creativity. His iconic body of work inspired generations of musicians and countless legions fans, and its enduring appeal will influence the music that we enjoy for decades to come.

“David leaves an incomparable legacy of classic songs and hit albums that achieved incredible success worldwide and won huge critical acclaim, including three BRIT Awards and two Grammys. He was a very British hero and, at the same time, a true global icon. His new album ‘Blackstar’ shows that his creativity remained undimmed to the end.

“The loss of David Bowie will profoundly affect not just by the words of music, film and the wider creative arts, but anyone who has been moved by his other worldly genius and influenced by his understanding of the human condition.”


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Notes for editors:

David Bowie information:

* Around 150 million albums sold worldwide

BRIT Awards

* Two wins from nine nominations (one of which was a joint nomination with Mick Jagger

* Best British Male in 1984 and 2014

* In 1996, he was awarded a BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music

* David also performed twice: In 1996 with Pet Shop Boys Hallo Spaceboy and in 1999 with Placebo, a cover of T Rex’s Twentieth Century Boy.


* Two nominations: 2002 for Heathen and in 2013 for The Next Day


* Two awards: one win from ten nominations

* Best short form video in 1985 for Jazzin For Blue Jean

* Plus, he was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006

Chart performance

Five UK number one singles

1. Under Pressure (with Queen)

2. Dancing In The Streets (with Mick Jagger)

3. Space Oddity

4. Ashes to Ashes

5. Let’s Dance

Nine UK number one albums

1. Aladdin Sane

2. Pin Ups

3. Diamond Dogs

4. Scary Monsters & Super Creeps

5. Let’s Dance

6. Tonight

7. Changesbowie

8. Black Tie White Noise

9. The Next Day

Blackstar will undoubtedly be David Bowie’s tenth Official No.1, when BBC Radio 1 announces the new Official Charts on Friday 15th January, while it’s also likely David will achieve a posthumous sixth No.1 single very soon.

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