As expected, this week's charts are marked by the sad news that David Bowie passed away on Sunday and we can observe how a back catalogue of his most fondly remembered hits enters the top 100. Curiously, the two biggest of them "Heroes" (new at #19) and "Space Oddity" (at #40), long considered true classics, have never entered the German hitparade before. Bowie first appeared in the German singles charts with "The Jean Genie", which spent a week at #37 in 1974. His biggest achievement in the singles countdown is the #2 position of "Let's Dance" in 1983, with the song re-entering this week at #73. Two places above it we can find the re-entry of "Under Pressure", Bowie's collaboration with Queen, which reached #21 first time around. The man himself gave the world a new album in the week of his death, with "Lazarus", a single taken from it, entering at #77. The album, called "Blackstar", debuts easily at #1 in the LP chart, to become Bowie's second album to reach the summit in Germany.
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Back to the singles chart, as I predicted last time, it was Matt Simons, who manages to replace Adele at the top as "Catch & Release" moves up one to dethrone "Hello" after spending eleven weeks as Germany's number one. The previous song to have managed to stay for more weeks at #1 was "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" of Israel Kamakawiwo'ole in 2010. "Hello" slips to two, while "Stitches" of Shawn Mendes enters the top three by rising one to #3.
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Also on the way up is "Stimme" of EFF, up two to #4, as well as Major Lazer's "Light It Up", up four to #5.
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The highest new entry comes in at #11 belonging to DJ Ötzi and Nik P. Next to Andreas Gabalier, DJ Ötzi is one of the few male stars from the schlager scene, who succeeds in bringing hits in the upper reaches of the singles chart. Many of you are still trying to forget his übersuccesses from the 2000s, including "Ein Stern". The latter was also a collaboration with Nik P and in fact both "Ein Stern" and current hit "Geboren um dich zu lieben" were first recorded by Nik P, before becoming popular thanks to the Austrian "DJ". "Geboren um dich zu lieben" also gained sales due to its performance on the latest schlager TV show of Florian Fischer, sorry, Silbereisen on Saturday.
"7 Years" of Lukas Graham is up one to #12, while at #16 is the second highest week of the week. The new dance rendition of Ben E. King's 1961 classic "Stand By Me" is the first track by Geeno Smith to enter the charts. One of the most famous cover versions of the song belongs to 4 The Cause, which hit #2 in 1998.
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With the support of Philipp Dittberner (responsible for last year's megahit "Wolke 4"), German rapper Prinz Pi scores his biggest chart hit with "1.40 m" at #24. His most successful track so far has been the #50 peak of "100X" from 2013.
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Elle King and her "Ex's & Oh's" climbs from #41 to a fresh peak of #27, while Dua Lipa's "Be The One" rises eleven to #32. "Me, Myself & I" is already looking like one of the first hits of 2016 with the song of G-Eazy and Bebe Rexha soaring from #68 to #38 in its second week on the list. It is the first chart appearance of G-Eazy, while Bebe Rexha provided vocals to "Hey Mama" of David Guetta.
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And last, let's not overlook the #66-#39 jump of "Renegades" of X Ambassadors. The Brooklyn-based band has already had a huge success with the hit across the Pond and it is now time for Europe to follow suit.
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The other new entries this week:
69. Alan Walker - Faded
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87. KLUBBB3 - Du schaffst das schon
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89. Ulmo Ocin - Mandalo
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96. Jamie Lawson - Wasn't Expecting That
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The Album Chart
Apart from occupying the #1 slot in the Album Chart, David Bowie appears in it with four other LPs, with his Very Best at #5. At #2 local DJ duo Gestört aber Geil comes in with its self-titled debut album, home of last year's hit "Unter meiner Haut". German rapper B-Tight is at #6 with his new album "Born 2 B-Tight", while schlager supertrio Klubbb3, consisting of Florian Silbereisen and his colleagues from the Netherlands - Jan Smit and from Belgium - Christoff, is new at #7 with debut CD "Vorsicht unzensiert!". And finally, this year's New Year's concert of the Vienna Philharmonic comes in at #10.