After fans rushed to download a copy of Bowie's comeback single 'Where Are We Now?' on Tuesday (January 8th), the track quickly scaled the iTunes chart, leading many to believe that Bowie was on his way to reaching the Number One spot in the UK singles chart.
However, yesterday the Official Charts Company released a statement explaining that the track would not be eligible to do so, saying:
"Owing to chart rules which are agreed in partnership with UK record companies and retailers, data relating to the David Bowie single 'Where Are We Now?' cannot currently be counted towards the official singles charts, as the release is linked to an album pre-order promotion and it is not possible to distinguish album sales from track sales from the retail data received. Should it become possible in the future for regular track sales to be distinguished from album pre-order incentive purchases, then these sales can be counted towards the chart."
Thankfully the Official Charts Company have today announced that this will no longer be the case, and that 'Where Are We Now' WILL be able to enter the singles chart, with the responsibility now put upon iTunes to separate sales figures for copies of the track that were paid for by customers, and copies of the track that were given to customers for free when they pre-ordered Bowie's upcoming album The Next Day.
At this juncture 'Where Are We Now's chart position is uncertain, but if it does reach the top spot then it would become Bowie's third solo No.1 single, his first since 'Let's Dance' in 1982.
Listen to the new single and learn details of his new album by clicking right here.