MUSIC BOX: David Bowie At Number One, Common Tongues, Salt Ashes And Gavin James


As if we ever doubted him, David Bowie has scored his first number one album in 20 years with a record that is also the fastest selling of the year so far.

The 66-year-old's new studio album 'The Next Day', his first new material in nearly a decade, is his first chart topper since 1993's 'Black Tie White Noise', the Official Charts Company said.

'The Next Day' racked up 94,000 sales this week, beating Biffy Clyro's 'Opposites' which sold 71,600 copies in its opening week in January.

Meanwhile, in the singles chart, Justin Timberlake denied mid-week leader Nicole Scherzinger a second UK number one with her Will.i.am produced single 'Boomerang' by claiming a third week at the top with 'Mirrors'.


Thinking about what you're going to get up to over the Easter break? Foot stomping Brighton band Common Tongues are playing a gig at AAA, Kensington High St, London, along with Allie Bradley, Faro and The Winter Tradition on Thursday 28 March.

If you're a fan of folk music it's one not to miss for some great new talent and tickets are available here.

Common Tongues' beautiful new single 'Solitary Thinker’ was released on 25 February - have a listen below:


Meet Salt Ashes, a singer whose style is Kate Bush partying with Donna Summer. The Brighton-based singer is releasing an abstract reinterpretation of the 1986 Depeche Mode track 'Black Celebration' as a free download on Facebook on 20 March and you can take a first look at the video for her dark lullaby below...

Another new act worth taking note of is 21-year-old Gavin James - a young Dublin-based singer whose gravelly tones and songwriting skills won him the Choice Meteor Awards (dubbed the 'Irish Mercury Prize') 'Song Of The Year Award' for 2012 earlier this month.

He beat the likes of The Script and Kodaline, the latter of which he is now supporting on a UK-wide tour.

James's debut EP entered the Irish iTunes album chart at No.1 in the autumn and he's recently unveiled new guitar number 'Carolina', which you can listen to here: