David Bowie, Glenn Frey Album Sales Soar in Wake of Deaths

“Blackstar” artist is outpacing Eagles legend on Amazon, but iTunes is making a case for “Desperado” writer

Glenn Frey and David Bowie will be missed by many generations for a very long time, but right now, few people are missing an opportunity to eulogize the two legendary rockers via digital music purchases.

As of Thursday afternoon, Bowie’s final album “Blackstar,” which was released on Jan. 8, is sitting at No. 2 on Amazon and No. 6 on iTunes. The British music legend is only behind Adele on Amazon, who is still sitting atop the iTunes chart.

His “Best of Bowie” is trailing the new offering on both charts, but sits in the Top 5 on Amazon (No. 4) and the Top 10 on Apple’s platform (No. 9).

As for Frey, the Eagles “Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975” is two slots back on Amazon, sitting at No. 6. However, the band’s compilation is third on iTunes, beating out Bowie’s best tunes.

And when “Greatest Hits” just won’t do, the Eagles also offer the “Very Best of the Eagles,” which is No. 8 on Amazon and out of the Top 10 on the iTunes Albums chart.

Of course, the solo artist Bowie died 10 days ago, giving fans more time to memorialize him through his music. He was 69. Frey died on Monday. He was 67.

On the industry-standard Billboard 200, Bowie’s “Blackstar” debut has eclipsed Adele’s “25,” handing him his first No. 1 album in the U.S. Plus, the “Best of Bowie” is in fourth place there, sitting only behind the “Hello” songstress and Justin Bieber‘s album.

It’s also worth mentioning that Bowie’s “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars” made it to No. 21, “Hunky Dory” hit 57, “The Platinum Collection” reached 65, “Nothing Has Changed” as close-by at 68. “Let’s Dance” hit No. 90, “Aladdin Sane” made 134, “Low” got to 143, and “The Next Day” wrapped Bowie’s positioning up at 151.

For Frey’s Eagles, “Their Greatest Hits” is up to 113 from 130 this week.