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Blackstar producer Tony Visconti praises David Bowie's 'true artistry'

Longtime David Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti shared his excitement that his late friend’s Blackstar hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in a statement posted to Facebook, where the producer said he is “so proud of [his] dear friend’s accomplishment.”

Blackstar, released two days before Bowie’s Jan. 10 death, became Bowie’s first ever No. 1 Sunday, nabbing the spot Adele’s 25had occupied for seven straight weeks.

“One is just a number, but in this case he made an example of how true artistry and real quality can reach number one in the album charts,” Visconti wrote. “I’m reaching out to the top artists of today. Don’t pander to the illusion of commercialism — even the biggest hits of today’s sales pale by comparison of the sales of past decades. Do what you f–king want to do, not what you think you have to do.”

Visconti most recently produced Blackstar, and also worked on a dozen of Bowie’s other albums beginning with 1969’s self-titled collection. After Bowie died, Visconti wrote a touching message, calling his death “a work of art.” He wrote, “He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift.” He also wrote about Bowie’s 18-month battle with cancer and said, “I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us.”

See his full Facebook note:

I am so proud of my dear friend’s accomplishment. One is just a number, but in this case he made an example of how…

Posted by Tony Visconti on Monday, January 18, 2016