The Next Day is Bowie’s first since Reality in 2003, which peaked in the charts at number three. Reports from the Official Charts Company showed that The Next Day had sold 66,000 copies by Wednesday, two days after its release.
Last week London pop band Bastille made number one in the album charts with Bad Blood, but The Next Day is currently outselling it and the number two record, Bon Jovi’s What About Now.
Meanwhile, Bowie’s wife Iman has inadvertently fuelled rumours that the star could launch a new tour. She told Grazia magazine: “We have a 12-year-old (daughter, Alexandria) in school so we are stuck, we can’t travel. Our schedule is around her, so I don’t know. We’ll have to go visit him, but we won’t be on tour with him because she’s in school.”
Surprisingly album producer Tony Visconti recently said: “He made that very clear to the label that he wasn’t going to tour or do any kind of ridiculously long album promotion. I spoke to him two days ago and he said, ‘I’m really adamant I’m not gonna do a tour. If I might, I might do one show.’ But who knows when.”