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David Bowie secures first UK Top 10 single in two decades

David Bowie secures first UK Top 10 single in two decades

David Bowie has secured his first official UK Top 10 single in over two decades with "Where Are We Now?".

The comeback track, which has finished the week at Number Six, is the first to be taken from his forthcoming new album The Next Day and sold 30,000 copies in the five day's since it's surprise release. It's his first Top 10 hit since 1986's "Absolute Beginners", reports the Official Charts Company.

There had been reports that the track would not be eligible for chart placement as it is linked to an "instant grat" promotion where fans pre-ordering the album received the song as an immediate download – a UK music industry agreement prevents "instant grat" downloads from being counted.

However, the Official Charts Company were able to determine which downloads were purchased out-right by fans – and not part of a pre-order bundle – which allowed Bowie his first Top 10 chart placement in over 25 years.

Meanwhile, Britney Spears and Will.i.am are Number One with "Scream & Shout', Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' is at Number Two, James Arthur's "Impossible" is down two places to Number Three and Rihanna's "Stay" is at Number Four. Calvin Harris completes the Top 5 with "Drinking From The Bottle".


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