The Next Day predicted sales of 90k this week
michael baggs
09:15 15th March 2013

David Bowie's new album The Next Day is on course to score the iconic star his first ever American No.1 album - if he can outsell Bon Jovi that is.

The album was released on Monday 12 March 2013 and is predicted to sell 90,000 copies before Sunday this week, and score a No.1 album when the Billboard album chart is announced next week. Bowie's previous US best was nearly 40 years ago, when he hit No.3 with his Station To Station album.

Bowie faces stiff competition from Bon Jovi however, whose What About Now album is also in the running for the top spot after its released in the US this week.

Bowie is almost certain to hit the top spot on the UK album chart however, with sale of 66,000 copies of The Next Day making it second only to0 Biffy Clyro's Opposites album as the fastest selling of 2013 so far.

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Bowie is set to be one of the most in demand artists of 2013, especially after suggestions from wife Iman that a tour is planned.

Despite denials that he will hit the road to promote The Next Day, Iman let slip plans for a tour, telling Grazia magazine:  "We have a 12 year old 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."

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