It’s a huge tribute to a legend – but it’s not going to do Friday’s first-week sales numbers any good.
David Bowie’s Blackstar became out of stock on CD and vinyl at the world’s biggest retailer, Amazon, in the US and the UK hours after the announcement of his death on Monday (January 11).
As of 9.30am UK time today (Wednesday, Jan 13), Blackstar is still unavailable on both formats at Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk, with demand clearly soaring – and fans complaining on social media that the situation hasn’t improved since Monday afternoon.
The classic 2002 compilation Best Of Bowie is also out of stock on CD on both sides of the Atlantic.
Blackstar is issued on Sony’s Columbia in the US market and RCA in the UK.
Other retailers aren’t faring much better, with much-loved LA indie Amoeba telling customers they expect physical copies of Blackstar and other Bowie records back in stock today (Wednesday, January 13).
Blackstar is available on CD at HMV.com in the UK, but not on vinyl.
Blackstar looks odds-on to replace Adele’s record-breaking 25 at the top of the US and UK album charts on Friday, with many of Bowie’s classic LPs expected to land in prominent positions.
On the US iTunes chart, Blackstar is currently at No.1, ahead of Best Of Bowie at No.2, Adele’s 25 at No.3 and Bowie’s The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust at No.4
On the UK iTunes chart, Blackstar is again No.1, with The Best Of David Bowie 1969/1974 at No.2.
Another Bowie hit collection, Nothing Has Changed, is at No.3, with Hunky Dory at No.4 and Best Of Bowie at No.5.
Music Business Worldwide