David Bowie was the most popular artist of recent years

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As many other great artists, the music legend David Bowie was not appreciated enough when he was alive, but after his death his popularity began to grow rapidly. The legendary singer, who died in January last year two days after his 69th birthday, has been revealed as the most popular recording artist of the last year. Fans of Bowie, who changed public perceptions of sexuality and music throughout his incredible career, bought or streamed the equivalent of 1.65 million of the star’s albums over the year, and it is even more than Adele, whose record seemed hardly to be broken. Drake, who sold 1.09 million, was in third place according to the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). 1.5 million physical and digital Bowie albums were bought, 510,000 tracks downloaded and 127 million songs were streamed. In the BPI’s reckoning, 1,000 streams of a track or 10 downloads equal one album sale. Bowie’s persona Ziggy Stardust, created when he released Space Oddity in 1969, was a bisexual alien rock star and it helped Bowie to gain popularity in LGBT circles. .

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