David Robert Jones, better known as David Bowie, was born in Brixton, London, England on January 8th, 1947. He was a British singer, songwriter, and actor. He was one of the world's best-selling music artists, with his worldwide sales around $140 million. In the UK, he won nine platinum certifications, eleven gold, and eight silver. Of the 26 albums he released, 11 of them were number one on the charts. Some of his most famous songs are Space Oddity, Fame, and Under Pressure, which was a collaboration with the band Queen. Two of his most famous albums are The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Scary Monsters and Super Creeps. Bowie was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
Bowie also had a successful acting career, starring as the Goblin King Jareth in Labyrinth, Pontius Pilate in The Last Temptation of Christ, and Nikola Tesla in The Prestige. His concert touring ended in 2004, and his final live performance was for a charity event in 2006. He continued to write music until he released his album Blackstar in 2016.
Two days after Blackstar's release, Bowie died due to liver cance on January 10th, 2016 in New York City.