Singer David Bowie has shot to the top of the British album charts for the first time in 20 years with a collection of new recordings acclaimed by one critic as the "greatest comeback in rock 'n' roll history".
The 66-year-old rocker's new album, The Next Day, recorded in secret over two years, sold more than 94,000 copies during its first week of release, becoming the fastest selling album of the year.
Bowie surprised fans and the music industry in January with the unexpected release of the single Where Are We Now? on his 66th birthday and the announcement that an album would be issued in March.
He had shunned the limelight since suffering a heart attack on tour in 2004 and last performed on stage since 2006.
Produced by his long-time collaborator, Tony Visconti, The Next Day is Bowie's first new work since Reality a decade ago, and his first chart-topping success since 1993's Black Tie White Noise.
Critics have showered praise on the album, which topped digital iTunes charts in 40 countries in the days after its release on March 8, according to Bowie's official website.
The question will now be how the recording fares in the United States, where Bowie has never had a number one album.
American sales data from Billboard will show on Wednesday whether Bowie has outsold What About Now, a rival new release from US rockers Bon Jovi, beaten into second place in the British charts.