Amidst the backlash from his ex-wife, the 'Space Oddity' singer's first album in a decade reaches a career-high in U.S. albums chart.
After a long ten-year hiatus, David Bowie came back with new music, surprising those who believed he had retired. As the first tease, he released new song "Where Are We Now?" which immediately became No. 1 on iTunes hours after it was made available for digital purchase. Led by the hit single, Bowie's new studio installment "The Next Day", the twenty-seventh in the English musician's career, was set to be released on March 8.
On the eve of the album release, the 66-year-old rocker received negative publicity as his ex-wife Angie opened up about his alleged wild sexual habits. Claiming that they wed without romance, Angie said he slept with other people, including Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, during their marriage.
As if it wasn't bad enough, Angie slammed Bowie's new songs. "It was just awful, just diabolical," she said of the lead single "Where Are We Now?", before adding, "The second one was worse than that." She went on accusing her ex-husband of taking inspiration from her and their wild relationship for "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" music video which stars Tilda Swinton.
Despite the backlash that might ruin his image, Bowie proves that he's still one of the best musicians in his field. "The Next Day" got critical acclaims ahead of release date, with The Independent calling it "the greatest comeback album in rock'n'roll history" and The New York Times branding it "Bowie's twilight masterpiece."
With such positive reviews, it was no surprise that the album sold fast. It debuted at No. 2 on Billboard Hot 200, marking a career-high in the U.S. albums chart for the "Space Oddity" hitmaker. In his homeland of the U.K., "The Next Day" earned Bowie his first number-one album since 1993's "Black Tie White Noise", and became the fastest-selling album of 2013 to date.
On the heels of the album strong debut, an exhibition devoted to the singer London's Victoria and Albert Museum drew record ticket sales for the museum. 50,000 tickets were sold in advance of the exhibition opening on March 23 as people were eager to see more than 300 objects, including sheet music, lyrics, videos, instruments and extravagant costumes, many from Bowie's personal archive.