We pick some of the best-looking releases coming out on Saturday April 22nd - the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day!
Much has been made of the ‘vinyl revival’ in albums sales over the last five years or so, with old-fashioned records going ever upwards while CD sales and download sales plateau or tumble. The upsurge in the format’s popularity is in part because of Record Store Day.
Record Store Day 2017
Taking place on a Saturday every April, RSD is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, after it was founded to help out struggling independent record stores that were struggling to compete with supermarkets and the likes of HMV (now, streaming and downloads).
Continue reading: Our Guide To Record Store Day 2017
The world of 'Labyrinth' is headed back to the big screen.
Directed by Jim Henson with George Lucas serving as executive producer, 1986 movie 'Labyrinth' featured David Bowie as The Goblin King and told a hugely mysterious, yet addictive and compelling story that has worked its way into the hearts of viewers ever since its big screen release.
Fede Alvarez also directed hugely successful horror flick 'Don't Breathe'
Initially a box office disappointment, falling short of its budget when it came to raking in the cash at movie theatres, the movie has since gained a huge cult following and become an unlikely classic, no doubt partly in thanks to the late David Bowie.
Continue reading: 'Don't Breathe' Director Fede Alvarez Confirmed For 'Labyrinth' Sequel
Design team This Ain't Rock 'n' Roll had hoped to raise £900,000 to build their 'thunderbolt' memorial in Brixton, but fell well short.
Plans to construct a huge ‘ZiggyZag’ thunderbolt memorial to the late David Bowie in his hometown of Brixton have had to be abandoned after the fundraising campaign fell short of its target.
Design team This Ain’t Rock ‘n’ Roll, who organised the fundraiser after gaining planning approval from Lambeth council for the three-storey sculpture, intended to be the red thunderbolt that adorns Bowie’s face on his iconic 1973 album Aladdin Sane, had wanted to raise £900,000 for the project.
'Cracked Actor', a 3xLP 1974 live recording, and 'Bowpromo', a very rare disc of 1971 demo versions, are both going on sale in limited numbers on Record Store Day 2017.
More than a year after his death, the David Bowie vaults are being opened, with two albums’ worth of unreleased material set to be released next month in time for this year’s Record Store Day.
For hard-bitten fans, however, there’s set to be intense competition to get hold of these releases, with both albums being limited editions for the tenth anniversary of RSD in April.
Cracked Actor (Live in Los Angeles 1974) is the first release, a three-album set recorded on the September 1974 Philly Dogs tour – some songs of which appeared in the famous BBC documentary ‘Cracked Actor’. It appears on five sides of vinyl in a 3xLP set, with the sixth side featuring an etching of Bowie.
Continue reading: Two Rare David Bowie Albums To Be Released On Record Store Day
David Bowie and Rag'n'Bone Man both won two awards at the 2017 BRIT Awards at the O2 Arena in London last night.
The iconic and influential singer died on January 10th last year, and while the BRITs paid tribute to him at the 2016 ceremony, it was the 2017 edition in which Bowie was posthumously nominated for his final works.
“He's always been there supporting people who think they're a little bit weird or a little bit strange. He's ways been there for them. This award is for all the kooks and all the people who make the kooks,” said Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, collecting the best album prize.
Design team This Ain't Rock 'n' Roll is behind the proposal for a three-storey recreation of the 'Aladdin Sane' thunderbolt to be erected on Tunstall Road.
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched with the aim of installing a permanent memorial to the late music icon David Bowie in his native Brixton, just streets away from where he was born.
The planned memorial will consist of a three-storey (nine-metre) replication of the thunderbolt that adorns the front cover of his 1973 album Aladdin Sane. It is proposed to be located in Tunstall Road, directly adjacent to the famous mural to which fans flocked immediately following his death 13 months ago.
Continue reading: Campaign For David Bowie 'Thunderbolt' Memorial In Brixton Launched
A set of 10 stamps, consisting of six album covers and four tour photographs, is to be released on March 14th.
The late David Bowie is to be commemorated by the Royal Mail with a full set of 10 postage stamps that will be released later this year.
The limited edition collection, which features six album covers and four photographs from his various tours, will be put into circulation on March 14th.
The Royal Mail has paid tribute to popular musicians in the past, releasing a set of images marking The Beatles' career in 2010, and then a selection of Pink Floyd stamps in 2015. Similarly, the Pink Floyd collection also used four tour photos and six albums. It’s the first time the postal service has dedicated an entire collection to just one cultural icon, however.
Bowie had very rarely performed live after his heart attack on tour in 2004.
David Bowie was at one point contemplating a short tour to support his final album Blackstar before his death, according to the man who designed the artwork for the record.
Designer Jonathan Barnbrook, speaking at an event at London’s V&A museum to mark the late rock icon’s 70th birthday, told the NME that Bowie and he had discussed the possibility of a short, intimate tour to support his 25th studio album at a preview listening session in the summer of 2015 – when Bowie was still optimistic about beating his cancer.
“I asked him as I always did, 'are you going to do a tour?' The first he said, which was ridiculous was 'I'm not much of a performer, you know?'”, Barnbrook said.
Continue reading: David Bowie Contemplated A Tour For 'Blackstar', Says Artwork Designer
Iman shared some photographic tributes on the first anniversary of her husband's death.
David Bowie’s widow Iman has shared a tribute to her late husband via social media to mark the first anniversary of his passing.
The pop icon, beloved by different generations of music fans for a lengthy, varied and innovative career, died on January 10th 2016. Tributes flooded in from throughout the world at the time, and subsequent twelve months saw a great number of memorials and performances to remember his life.
Somalian-born model Iman, 61, who married Bowie in 1992 and had a daughter Alexandria with him, shared a picture of the New York City skyline with a beautiful double rainbow via her Instagram.
The model paid tribute to her late husband who died on January 10, 2016.
Bowie passed away on January 10 last year, after a private 18-month battle with cancer. His death came just two days after his 69th birthday, when he had released his final album, Blackstar.
Continue reading: Iman Remembers David Bowie On His 70th Birthday
David Bowie documentary reveals 'Lazarus' did not hint at the singer's death.
David Bowie only learnt his cancer was terminal three months before his death.
The late legendary singer sadly passed away at the age of 69 from liver cancer just two days after he released his final album 'Blackstar' in January last year but a new documentary on his life has suggested that he had no idea he was battling the illness while he was recording the LP.
Speaking in the documentary 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years' Johan Renck - who directed the video for 'Lazarus', which sees the star lying in a hospital bed with bandages over his eyes - said the concept had ''nothing to do'' with his illness.
Continue reading: David Bowie Didn't Know Of Cancer
Alex Turner's side project took Art Vinyl's prize for the best vinyl album artwork of 2016, for their second record 'Everything You've Come To Expect'.
The annual list, compiled by website Art Vinyl, of fifty shortlisted pieces of album artwork of the last 12 months was revealed at the end of December, and the final list of the top three was revealed on Thursday (January 5th).
A 1969 image of Tina Turner adorns the front cover of The Last Shadow Puppets’ second record, which was released in April last year, almost eight years after the group – consisting of Miles Kane and Arctic Monkeys lead singer Alex Turner – released their debut The Age of The Understatement.
Continue reading: The Last Shadow Puppets Beat David Bowie To Take Vinyl Artwork Prize
Bowie’s final album ‘Blackstar’ was 2016’s biggest selling vinyl record.
Vinyl sales in the UK reached a 25-year high in 2016, with more than three million LPs sold over the past 12 months.
The death of music icon David Bowie in January was a key driver in sales of LPs, with his final album Blackstar becoming the UK’s biggest selling vinyl of the year.
David Bowie’s Blackstar is 2016’s biggest selling vinyl
Continue reading: David Bowie Helps Vinyl Sales Reach A 25 Year High In The UK
Ten antidotes to the malaise that was 2016.
Rock royalty deaths easily earned the "least favorite musical moments of 2016" award. Despite the loss of talented artists, the music that came into being in 2016 had quite a few highlights. Here are ten enjoyable, rock-oriented albums, arranged chronologically, ranging from contemporary radio pop to underground hardcore thrash.
Jan. 8, 2016: The year's first entry is David Bowie's immaculate and stunning finale, "Blackstar". An eclectic mix of art rock, modern jazz, and honest pop, the seven songs (five new, two re-recorded) provide a solemn glimpse into the perspective of someone facing their final days on Earth. "Blackstar" may have been Bowie's final recording before his death, but his estate has fortunately planned that it will not be the last for this immortal, genre defining artist.
Continue reading: Iris North's Top Rock Albums Of 2016
Gary Oldman will lead London proceedings.
The life and work of David Bowie will be celebrated next year with a series of shows across the globe on what would have been his 70th birthday. A variety of stars and artists are due to pay tribute at the event, including Bowie's main musical collaborators, his friends, and a series of other musicians.
David Bowie's 70th birthday to be celebrated in January
In honour of David Bowie's birthday and in the run-up to the first anniversary of his death, the stars will align to produce a celebratory concert of more than 70 acts entitled 'Celebrating David Bowie'. It's a show that one spokesperson has branded 'create a sound like no other'.
Continue reading: David Bowie's 70th Birthday Bash To Include Global Tribute Concert
The singer left many surprises for fans to uncover on the artwork of his final album.
David Bowie’s Blackstar vinyl contains more hidden secrets in its artwork, according to sleeve designer Jonathan Barnbook.
Earlier this year, fans discovered that if they left the vinyl sleeve exposed to sunlight, the artwork transformed to reveal a galaxy of stars.
But speaking to Mary Anne Hobbs on BBC 6 Music, Barnbrook said there are even more surprises and hidden messages in the artwork for fans to discover.
Continue reading: David Bowie's 'Blackstar' Vinyl Contains More Hidden Secrets
Robbie’s new album ‘Heavy Entertainment Show’ has entered the chart at number one.
Robbie Williams has now had more UK number one albums than any other British solo artist.
Robbie’s latest album Heavy Entertainment Show entered the chart at number one this week, giving him his 12th UK chart topping album.
Robbie Williams is at number one with Heavy Entertainment Show
Continue reading: Robbie Williams Beats David Bowie's Chart Record
47 lots from Bowie's extensive art collection fetched a total of £24.3 million on Thursday night at Sotheby's.
The first day of the auctioning of art owned by the late David Bowie has taken in a grand total of £24.3 million – more than double what had been estimated by experts before bidding started.
47 artworks were sold at Sotheby’s in London on Thursday (November 10th), in the first of three sessions of bidding that will offer a total of nearly 400 items collected by Bowie in his lifetime. Art experts originally predicted that they would fetch between £8.1 million to £11.7 million.
David Bowie's art collection is going under the hammer at Sotheby's
David Bowie was rumoured to form a secret band, according to fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger.
David Bowie was rumoured to form a secret band, according to fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger.
The late singer - who passed away in January aged 69 years old - was reportedly in talks with a group of musicians to record a number of tracks in a ''raw state'' prior to his death because it was his life long ''dream'' of his.
In an extract from the 65-year-old creative mastermind's memoir 'American Dreamer: My Life in Fashion and Business', which has been obtained by The New York Posts's Page Six Column, Tommy wrote: ''His [Bowie's] dream was to gather incredible musicians and create music that they had never rehearsed, read or even seen before.
Continue reading: David Bowie Wanted To Form A Secret Band Before He Died
The director unveils a second documentary in the wake of the singer's death.
The final years of David Bowie are to be explored in a brand new BBC Two documentary entitled 'David Bowie: The Last Five Years' next year, to commemorate the first anniversary of the singer's death. It will be released as part of a series of other special BBC tributes.
David Bowie remembered in 'The Last Five Years'
The film will examine the making of his last two albums, 2013's 'The Next Day' and 2016's 'Blackstar', as well as the debut of his musical 'Lazarus' which opened in New York on December 7th 2015 and also marked the legend's final public appearance. 'Lazarus' continued its run by opening in London in October, and will continue to play until January next year.
The ‘X Factor’ hopeful has been told she cannot put her own twist on Bowie classic ‘Under Pressure’.
Honey is set to perform Vanilla Ice’s ‘Ice Ice Baby’ on tonight’s live shows, which samples Bowie and Queen’s 1981 song ‘Under Pressure’.
But according to reports the London-born hopeful has been told she must stick to Vanilla Ice’s version and not make the track her own.
Grime artist Skepta, who enjoyed a breakthrough smash hit with 'Shutdown' earlier this year, won the 2016 Mercury Prize for his album 'Konnichiwa'.
The crowd at the Hammersmith Apollo erupted when Skepta’s name was announced as the eventual winner of the prestigious prize by Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker on Thursday night (September 16th).
The bookies had tipped David Bowie to win posthumously for his final album Blackstar, released just two days before his death in January this year, but the 33 year North London rapper was not very far behind in their estimations either.
Continue reading: Skepta Wins The 2016 Mercury Prize
Bowie's final album 'Blackstar', along with 11 other British albums released in the last year, made the shortlist announced on Thursday.
Radiohead, Skepta, The 1975 and the late David Bowie are the big names to have been shortlisted for the 2016 Hyundai Mercury Music Prize, with Adele and previous winner James Blake the notable absences.
The 12-strong shortlist, picked by a panel of music critics, industry figures and artists, was announced on Thursday morning (August 4th) on BBC Radio 6 Music. David Bowie’s 25th and final album Blackstar, released just two days before his death in January this year, is already being touted as one of the favourites to win the overall prize when the winner is announced on September 15th.
Radiohead’s recent album A Moon Shaped Pool makes the Oxford five-piece the most nominated act in Mercury Prize history. Their albums OK Computer, Amnesiac, Hail To the Thief and In Rainbows all made shortlists in previous years, and this doesn’t even count lead singer Thom Yorke’s nomination for his 2006 solo album The Eraser. However, they have not yet won the award.
Jones and his wife Rodene Ronquillo announced they were expecting a month after Bowie’s death on January 10.
Duncan Jones has welcomed his first son, exactly six months after his father David Bowie’s death from cancer. Jones and his wife Rodene Ronquillo welcomed Stenton David Jones on July 10, saying that his grandfather had ‘made room for him’.
Stenton David Jones. Born July 10th, exactly six months after his grandad made room for him.
'Lazarus', which opened in New York in November 2015, will come to London's Kings Cross Theatre in October.
David Bowie’s musical ‘Lazarus’ is coming to London for a three-month run later this year, following a successful opening period in New York.
The production, which was one of the last projects that the late British singer completed before his death in January this year, first opened in November 2015 in New York Theatre Workshop. It was part of a burst of creativity at the end of Bowie’s life that included his final album Blackstar, released just two days before his passing.
On Monday (July 25th), it was announced that ‘Lazarus’ will be running at London’s Kings Cross Theatre from October 25th to January 22nd, 2017.
Continue reading: David Bowie Musical 'Lazarus' Coming To London
More than 300 items from Bowie's extensive private collection of art are to go under the hammer at Sotheby's in November.
A sizeable private art collection assembled by the late David Bowie throughout his life is to be exhibited in public for the first time, before going under the hammer at a Sotheby’s auction.
Bowie’s life as a collector was something he kept almost entirely hidden from public view, as he bought pieces from all parts of the art world “obsessively and addictively”, in his own words, for over 40 years. After he died in January at the age of 69, his family only at that point discovered the extent of his collection, and are auctioning it as they don’t physically have the space to keep it.
David Bowie's private art collection is to be auctioned at Sotheby's
Continue reading: David Bowie's Private Art Collection To Be Exhibited Before Auction
The lock was cut in 1983, by a wig maker at Madame Tussauds, London.
A lock of hair from the late David Bowie is being sold at auction this week and is expected to fetch thousands of pounds. The lock is being auctioned by US auctioneers Heritage Auctions, on behalf of Wendy Farrier, a wig maker who worked at Madame Tussauds in the 1980s and once had to cut a lock of the pop legend’s hair when he posed for his waxwork in 1983.
A lock of David Bowies hair is up for auction.
After cutting Bowie’s hair Wendy, a huge fan of the singer, saved a few strands for herself, which she pinned to her bedroom wall along with her other memorabilia. Auctioneer Margaret Barrett said: "We have sold a lot of celebrity hair in the past but never any of David Bowie's. This is pretty unique.
Continue reading: Lock Of David Bowie's Hair Set For Auction
The record producer says fans can expect a lot of new Bowie material to be released in the coming years.
David Bowie’s close friend and longtime producer Tony Visconti has said he’s in talks with the singer’s management team to release previously unheard Bowie material in the coming years. Visconti began working with Bowie in 1969 and produced his final album, Blackstar, which was released two days before his death in January.
Tony Visconti says he’s been in talks to release unheard Bowie material.
Visconti said Bowie also told him that he had recorded five other new tracks, intended for a follow-up album to Blackstar. “I haven’t heard those songs yet,” Visconti told the Evening Standard. “I might actually have to help his managerial company to find them.”
Continue reading: Tony Visconti Says He's In Talks To Release Unheard David Bowie Songs
The 43ft. mural was unveiled in the capital city of Sarajevo on Saturday.
A huge mural, painted in honour of the late pop icon David Bowie, has been unveiled in the Bosnian capital city of Sarajevo.
Two local artists created the enormous painting, which was the brainchild of Bosnian singer Vedad Trebonja who described Bowie as “my spiritual father”. Measuring 43ft. by 34 ft. (13 metres x 10.5 metres), it adorns the side of a derelict house in the ‘Sniper Alley’ area of the city, nicknamed because of its central place in the Bosnian war of 1993-95.
Enis Cisic, who works as an illustrator for Marvel Comics, and Zoran Herceg brought the idea to life, with the painting process itself taking six weeks.
Continue reading: Huge David Bowie Mural Unveiled In Bosnia
The director said he showed his father an early cut of the film before his passing in January.
Warcraft director Duncan Jones has recalled showing his father an early cut of the epic fantasy movie before his untimely death in January. Jones said his father was ‘excited’ for him about the film and was happy he was doing the things he enjoyed in life.
Duncan Jones and father David Bowie in 2009.
Speaking to The Daily Beast Jones said: “I showed him an early cut of this and showed him some of the effects shots. You know, for everyone else he was one person. For me, he was my dad. And he was always interested in things I was working on."
Continue reading: Duncan Jones: 'Dad David Bowie Was Excited About Warcraft Film'
The festival's organiser Emily Eavis told the BBC that plans were afoot to pay tribute to Prince, as well as to David Bowie.
The festival’s organiser Emily Eavis told the BBC on Wednesday (May 4th) that a metal sculpture in the shape of a lightning bolt, inspired by the iconic cover art of Bowie’s 1973 album Aladdin Sane, will hang above performers on the Pyramid Stage.
Massive acts such as Adele, Coldplay and Muse are set to grace the main stage as headliners at the three day festival at Worthy Farm, Somerset, in late June.
Continue reading: Glastonbury Plans Prince And David Bowie Tributes
The sleeve for the vinyl edition contains a secret image.
Fans of the late David Bowie have discovered an extraordinary ‘secret message’ contained in the album artwork for his final record Blackstar, which happens when you leave it lying out in the sun…
The album cover for the vinyl edition of his 26th and last album features a large black star on the front. If you place the sleeve (not the record itself!) in direct sunlight, the black star eventually transforms into a galaxy of shining stars. Once the sleeve is removed from the light source, it fades back to black after a short time.
Continue reading: Fan Discovers Amazing Feature Of David Bowie's 'Blackstar' Artwork
The late musician was a big fan of the BBC series, which stars Cillian Murphy.
David Bowie’s music will feature on the third series of BBC crime drama ‘Peaky Blinders’, which is set to air next month. The late musician was a big fan of the show, which stars Cillian Murphy, and had asked for his music to be featured before his death in January.
David Bowie’s music will feature in series three of ‘Peaky Blinders’.
Speaking to the Radio Times, show creator Steven Knight said that the musician had sent a picture of himself wearing a cap with razor blades to Cillian Murphy last year, as a homage to the series, .
Continue reading: David Bowie's Music Will Feature In New Series Of 'Peaky Blinders'
The comedian told BBC Radio 5Live that he had been in e-mail contact with Bowie just two weeks before his death, and that he had been in good humour.
David Bowie kept his illness a closely-guarded secret from the world, his friend Ricky Gervais has said, revealing that he was in contact with the late singer as little as two weeks before the end of his life earlier this year.
The iconic pop star lived with cancer for 18 months before his death on January 10th this year, but he kept his illness private from all but a very small handful of family and those closest to him. His passing came as a huge surprise to virtually the entire world, and prompted a massive outpouring of grief and tributes throughout the music industry and beyond.
Continue reading: Ricky Gervais Had "No Idea" His Friend David Bowie Was Terminally Ill
An unseen interview, filmed before Bowie's death, shows Iman talking about the secrets to their 24-year marriage.
The Somali-born supermodel, 60, married Bowie in 1992 after a whirlwind romance, and in 2000 they welcomed a daughter, Alexandria Zahra Jones. They stayed happily married for 24 years until he passed away from cancer after an 18-month illness at the start of this year.
Iman with David Bowie, 2008
Continue reading: Iman Reveals How Her Long-Lasting Marriage To David Bowie Kept Strong
The late pop icon's final album headed the huge increase in vinyl record sales over the last year, according to new figures.
The vinyl revival is continuing apace ahead of Record Store Day this weekend, with data from the British music industry suggesting that sales of the old-fashioned format are on course to top three million by the end of 2016.
With the annual Record Store Day vinyl bonanza set for Saturday (April 16th), figures from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) released this week show that 640,000 vinyl LPs were bought in Britain between January and March this year. If this continues, sales should pass the 3 million mark by the end of 2016 – a huge jump on the 2.1 million from last year, itself representing a 21 year high.
David Bowie's 'Blackstar' has been revealed as the highest-selling vinyl album over the last 12 months, as Record Store Day 2016 approaches
The music icon’s death in January has seen a surge in record sales.
David Bowie has dominated the list of the biggest selling albums of 2016 so far, with three of his records claiming places in the top 10. The list, compiled by OfficialCharts.com, also shows that 2015’s biggest selling album, Adele’s 25, is still shifting an extraordinary amount of copies and is so far 2016’s best seller.
David Bowie dominates the list of 2016's best selling albums.
Adele’s 25 has racked up sales of 406,000 to top the list, which is based on physical, digital and streaming equivalent sales. Last year the album sold 2.49 million copies following its November release and the addition of 2016’s sales mean it’s just shy of 3million.
Continue reading: David Bowie Dominates List Of Best Selling Albums So Far In 2016
Questlove cites 'b**chassness' as the cause of his cancellation.
Questlove of The Roots has insisted that the band will no longer be performing at the upcoming major David Bowie tribute concerts this week, which will be held at Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall in New York, following an apparent disagreement with another band who refused to let them borrow a drum kit.
Questlove cancels The Roots appearance
The multi-instrumentalist, whose real name is Ahmir Khalib Thompson, took to Instagram to vent his frustrations over the 'b**chassness' of the situation, confirming that the dispute has caused him to pull out of the shows tonight and tomorrow (March 30th and March 31st 2016) along with peers Bilal and Kimbra.
Continue reading: The Roots Pull Out Of David Bowie Shows After Equipment Dispute
The shows feature Michael Stipe, Patti Smith and Blondie.
The upcoming tribute shows to David Bowie in New York will be live streamed for fans unable to attend via Skype, the organisers have announced. The first concert takes place on 31 March at Carnegie Hall in New York City, with the second date at Radio City Music Hall on 1 April.
The David Bowie tribute shows will be live-streamed on Skype.
Fans wanting to stream the shows on Skype will be asked to make a donation to one of a selection of arts based charities. “Due to unprecedented interest in the David Bowie memorial concert in Radio City, we have teamed up with Skype and Ammado to stream the concert around the world, in return for a small donation to our charity partners,” reads a statement on the memorial’s official site.
Continue reading: David Bowie Tribute Concerts To Be Live Streamed On Skype
What will it be next?
It's been quite a whirlwind start to the year and we've only just hit Spring. A series of tragic celebrity deaths, some unexpected political turn-outs and unforeseen romances have left us completely baffled over the past three months - we're just not ready for nine more months of craziness!
2016, you are full of surprises. Here are just a few of the biggest shocks we've had so far this year:
David Bowie's death was a shocking start to the year
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The mural, on the side of Morleys department store in Brixton, will be permanently preserved as the local council discusses further ideas for a permanent Bowie memorial.
A mural of David Bowie that became a shrine to the musician after his death earlier this year is to be listed by the local council to ensure it becomes a permanent landmark.
Lambeth Council announced this week that it was in discussions with the late singer’s family in New York City as to the possibility of a permanent memorial to Bowie, and about what form it should take.
The huge mural became a focal point for public grieving after Bowie’s death from cancer was announced back in January. Rumoured possibilities as the memorial include renaming Tunstall Place, where the painting is situated, in honour of the singer, and a statue.
Continue reading: David Bowie Mural In Brixton To Be Preserved As Permanent Memorial
Mike Garson opens up about the late legend's opinions on the songstress.
David Bowie had plenty of opinions about modern pop music, not least that he had the deepest respect for 'Royals' hitmaker Lorde who performed a tribute to him at the 2016 Brit Awards; in fact, he thought she was 'the future' according to his longtime pianist Mike Garson.
David Bowie was a Lorde fan
The feminist singer has become somewhat of a role model for young women everywhere, though her powerful image and unique vocals haven't gone unnoticed from the older generation. During a live conversation with fans on his Periscope Q&A session, Mike Garson revealed that David Bowie was a huge fan of Lorde.
Continue reading: David Bowie Named Lorde The 'Future Of Music'
The Rolling Stones singer said he was ‘very upset’ following the death of Bowie in January.
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has opened up on his sadness following the death of David Bowie in January. Jagger and Bowie had been friends for decades, but had not seen much of each other over the past few years. Speaking to The Mirror, Jagger revealed he wishes he'd contacted Bowie in the days before his passing.
Mick Jagger was ‘very upset’ over the death of friend David Bowie.
Jagger said he was in New York’s Greenwich Village, just a short walk from Bowie’s apartment, when he learned of the music legend’s death from terminal liver cancer. “I was listening to his album before he died and ahead of it coming out,” Jagger said.
Annie Lennox, Gary Oldman and Lorde all paid tribute to the late icon in a special segment at the end of Wednesday night's Brit Awards.
The 2016 Brit Awards, held at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday night, saw the late pop legend honoured with a Brits Icon Award presented by Oldman, followed by a performance of ‘Life On Mars?’ which saw Lorde supported by Bowie’s backing band. Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox presented the award near the end of the evening, which Bowie’s friend Oldman accepted on his behalf.
Continue reading: David Bowie's Son Praises Brit Awards Tribute
Coldplay, Justin Bieber, One Direction and James Bay were the other big winners at the 2016 Brit Awards in London.
Adele dominated at this year’s Brit Awards, taking home four of the biggest awards of the night in addition to her show-stopping performance of new single ‘When We Were Young’ at the end of the evening.
The 27 year old Tottenham-born singer was named best British Female Solo Artist at the start of the ceremony, and her night only got better from that point onwards, as she also netted the Global Success Award, best British Single for ‘Hello’ and the evening’s most prestigious prize, best British Album for 25.
Adele’s acceptance speeches were among the viral moments of the evening, as she became increasingly lost for words as the evening went on. “To come back after so long away and be so warmly received means so much,” she said, “I got really lost for a while and I didn't know if I'd ever come back. For you all to be so kind to me is so nice.”
Continue reading: Adele Sweeps Brit Awards With Four Victories
‘Unbound’ will be a visual interpretation of Bowie’s final album.
David Bowie’s final album Blackstar has been turned into an Instagram mini series, titled ‘Unbound’ which will start later this week. Created by Instagram channel InstaMiniSeries, it will consist of 16 episodes, with the first being released on Thursday, February 25th at 8pm EST. New episodes will then debut each subsequent Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
David Bowie’s Blackstar has been turned into an Instagram mini series.
In a press release on Bowie’s official website InstaMiniSeries said that they had been given unique pre-release access to Blackstar, prior to its December release. ‘With his enduring legacy as a savvy observer and pioneering user of emerging technology and media, Bowie saw in InstaMiniSeries an exciting new platform to explore interpretation of and storytelling within his music,’ the press release stated.
Continue reading: David Bowie's 'Blackstar' Becomes An Instagram Mini Series
Lady Gaga’s love for David Bowie goes way beyond her Grammy’s tribute.
At this year’s Grammy awards Lady GaGa paid tribute to the late David Bowie with a show-stopping performance which journeyed through his legendary career. But Gaga’s admiration for Bowie goes way beyond wanting to pay tribute on Grammy night, instead the singer believes her whole career has been one big tribute to Bowie.
Lady Gaga believes her whole career is a tribute to David Bowie.
Speaking to NPR, Gaga was asked about how she first fell in love with Bowie’s music. “The moment that I saw the Aladdin Sane cover for the first time, I was 19 years old, and it just changed my perspective on everything, forever.”
Continue reading: Lady Gaga: 'I Feel Like My Whole Career Is A Tribute To David Bowie'
Grohl had wanted to work with the late singer on a song for a movie.
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has revealed that David Bowie rejected a possible collaboration between the two. In a video shot for Playboy, Grohl and bandmate Pat Smear take a tour around some of Bowie’s favourite L.A. haunts, sharing stories about the Thin White Duke along the way.
Dave Grohl was once rejected by David Bowie.
In the video Grohl and Smear reveal just how big Bowie superfans they really are, with Smear even recalling a time he ‘stalked’ the singer to a recording studio and picked up a cigarette he had tossed away. Grohl then told the story of the time he tried to work with his idol, but got a less than positive response.
She's pretty much the female version of this legendary rocker.
Lady GaGa absolutely slayed it with her David Bowie tribute performance at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards last night (February 15th 2016), singing a medley of some of his best tunes absolutely flawlessly all while dressed from head to toe in a dramatic, Bowie-esque ensemble.
Lady Gaga took her Bowie look to the red carpet
In what was probably one of the most impassioned performances of her entire career so far, Gaga delivered a fitting tribute to the late singing legend, who passed away after a long struggle with cancer in January this year, following the release of his album 'Blackstar'.
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Gaga will perform a tribute to Bowie at tonight’s ceremony (February 15th).
At tonight’s Grammy awards Lady GaGa will pay tribute to the late David Bowie, with what’s promised to be a show-stopping performance celebrating his legendary career. But just hours before she’s due to take the stage Gaga got a more permanent tribute to her idol, with an Aladdin Sane tattoo on her ribcage.
Lady Gaga has a new tattoo, honouring David Bowie.
Gaga documented the experience on Snapchat, sharing pictures from the session with fans. "This was the image that changed my life," she captioned one picture. The tattoo was done by West Hollywood artist Mark Mahoney and is a portrait of Bowie from his Aladdin Sane album cover.
Elton said the two fell out after Bowie called him ‘rock’n’roll’s token queen’.
They're two of the biggest icons of British music, but Elton John has revealed that he and David Bowie had not been ‘the best of friends’ for decades, after comments made by Bowie in an interview with Rolling Stone in the 70s.
Elton John has revealed a 40 year feud with David Bowie.
Speaking to The Evening Standard Elton said: “David [Bowie] and I were not the best of friends towards the end. We started out being really good friends. We used to hang out together with Marc Bolan, going to gay clubs, but I think we just drifted apart.”
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Jones said that he and his wife Rodene Ronquillo told Bowie the news at Christmas time.
On Wednesday (February 10th), a month after his father passed away from cancer, 44 year old Jones tweeted a heartfelt message saying that Bowie had learned at Christmas time that he would become a grandfather. A hand-drawn cartoon of a baby with an umbilical cord protruding from its stomach accompanied the message, with a speech bubble saying ‘I’m waiting’.
Duncan Jones with his wife Rodene Ronquillo
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Iman had maintained silence on social media since her husband's passing in early January.
David Bowie’s widow, Iman, has broken her social media silence for the first time since the passing of her husband nearly a month ago.
Bowie’s death on January 10th from cancer triggered a massive outpouring of remembrance that’s still going on weeks later, with millions of fans and music industry figures paying tribute to their idol.
In the days leading up his death, Iman had posted a number of messages to Twitter, including: “The struggle is real, but so is God” and “Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
P!ATD's 'Death of a Bachelor' entered the American charts at Number 1 last month, removing Bowie's 'Blackstar' in the process.
Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie has spoken of his shock and surprise at his new album entering the American Billboard charts at Number 1, knocking the likes of David Bowie and Adele down in the process.
The Las Vegas act’s fifth studio album, Death of a Bachelor, was released at the end of January and was revealed as their first ever chart topper, selling 190,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen Music.
Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco in November 2015
David Bowie's ex-wife is not impressed with his comeback album
You know the saying… ‘hell hath no fury like an ex-wife that maybe wasn’t as happy with the open relationship you had, as she once let on…’ Well, it’s something like that, anyway. David Bowie might be getting heaped with praise from all corners of the press, for his unexpected comeback album The Next Day, but there’s one person who has been pretty vocal about her dislike of his latest creative efforts.
Angie Bowie, who was married to David between 1970 and 1980 and had a child, Zowie Bowie (also known as film director Duncan Jones), with him, has slammed the album as “boring.” She told The Sun “I listened to the first single (Where Are We Now?) and it was just awful, just diabolical. The second one was worse than that. This is supposed to be the greatest comeback of the century? It’s boring. I think every release since the first eight albums has been rubbish.” Of course, Angie may be smarting because the woman in the video for ‘Where Are We Now?’ is thought by many to be based on her. The character is played by Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton, in the video. “I watched 30 seconds and couldn’t cope with any more. The subject matter is too retrospective. I am pleased he got out of his house in New York and recorded an album. But why has he been sitting in his house for ten years anyway?” came the bitter response.
David Bowie... his ex isn't fond of his new work
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Albums of Note... David Bowie’s return to the shelves of our local record shops (well, the few that still exist) has been met with a grateful and adulatory fanfare, across the board and it’s been no different here at Contactmusic. Having run out of contemporary influences upon which to draw, Bowie took the old adage that pop will eat itself and made an album to fit. On The Next Day, Bowie largely references himself and his own body of work, recalling his Berlin days, as well as providing an extension of the tracks he released in the nineties.“Assessing how The Next Day sits alongside anything else he's done is irrelevant; an artist who has gone through as many character changes, taken on as many styles and moved through as many eras as he has defies such lazy list making. What can be said is that it is, at this point in time, at this point in his life and career, probably as good a record that David Bowie could've possibly come up with.”
Some of the mystery of Rhye’s cloaked existence has been unveiled and the band’s two components have been revealed as Toronto born producer Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal of Quadron. They draw comparisons to The XX, partly thanks for Milosh’s falsetto, which led many to believe that it was a woman on vocals. Possibly part of the reason they choose to entitle the album Woman...? “'Woman' is a chilled, tranquil listen but not a boring album by any means. The duo creates songs that fill with distant, mysterious moods. But, it still feels like an intimate album piled high with textured layers.”
...but it wasn't how it looked
It’s just headline gold; David Bowie and Mick Jagger getting found in bed together, by Bowie’s wife, completely naked. Unfortunatley, it didn’t happen this morning, last night, or even this decade… or even last decade. It actually happened in 1973, and there was nothing sexual in it. It wasn’t a sexual day.
“My assistant was laughing in the kitchen when I got home,” Angie Bowie – the singers’ ex-wife - explained to The Sun. “She said, ‘You won’t believe this. David and Mick Jagger’. I went upstairs and banged on the door and said, ‘Morning! Ready for breakfast boys? I walked into the bedroom and David was there with all these pillows and duvets on top of him and on the other side of the bed was Mick’s leg sticking out,” Angie continued. “I said: ‘Did you guys have a good night?’ They were so hungover they could hardly speak. I took pity on them.” Bowie recently returned from his lengthy spell of musical silence with two well received singles that came out of the blue.
David Bowie is set to sell loads of records following his starling comeback
David Bowie returned from obscurity with a critically acclaimed album, precluded by two excellent singles. With his reputation already firmly set at ‘legend’, the pioneer doesn’t need any more accolades, but how will his records fare in the modern age of music?
Though the common-held perception of David Bowie is one of a true pioneering visionary, an artist that started trends and styles, the truth is a little more calculated. What made Bowie great in the 70's and 80's was his perception and awareness; he was an artist who cottoned on to movements and genres just as they were about to blossom, assimilating their characteristics together in order to create something new from something existing. As Tyrannosaurus Rex became T-Rex and released their self-titled LP in 1970, it was Bowie who took that glam rock and distorted it with a progressive rock narrative to become Ziggy Stardust. As the names Can, Neu!, Kraftwerk started seeping into the British music press, so it was Bowie who went to Berlin to embrace their influence; he even took Iggy Pop, whose Stooges foresaw punk by nearly a decade, along for the ride.
The funny thing is this is the norm for artists in the 21st century; there's a whole book about it - Simon Reynolds' Retromania - that summarises new musical progression as musicians reaching back to the past to fit disparate old components together, something backed up by every comparison made to another artist in a music review. Bowie's skill in doing this was quite a singular one at his peak, and it's why his classic records have remained so retrospectively popular. By absorbing so much of each era he passed through, his music became the definitive sound of them, pulling together all strands from glam, to punk, disco, krautrock, to create this tapestry that all different musical tribes could stake a claim to as theirs. But back then there was always something new to latch onto; in 2013, if you take Retromania's argument as truth, the only movements Bowie could take from would be something already looking into the past - which has never been the The Thin White Duke's style. So when it comes to The Next Day, his first album in a decade, he's taken influence from someone who he's rarely tipped his cap to before - himself.
The most obviously self-referencing song on here you already know: 'Where Are We Now?' name drops heavily on Bowie's time in Berlin, with the narrator apparently coming to terms, aptly enough, with how his past has shaped his present. However, there are little codes and reminders all over the place. 'You Feel So Lonely You Could Die' - which, along with closing track 'Heat,' are the closest sonic cousins 'Where Are We Now?' has in their melancholic reflective state - cheekily slips in the drum beat to '5 More Years' in its coda. Elsewhere you have fourth track 'Love Is Lost,' a clear ancestor to Bowie's Berlin period, with its unsettling organ strains and electronic pulses cutting through an otherwise forthright rock chug, pulling it down to somewhere bleaker, darker. The Berlin trilogy is often heralded as his greatest work, and it's clear that the period in the late 70's that saw Low, "Heroes" and Lodger's release remains ingrained within their creator. Though nothing here goes anywhere near as weird as 'Warzawa' or 'Neukoln,' the eerie tension that held those three records together is returned to again and again, even if - on the likes of 'Valentine's Day,' it barely nudges it off course.
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There are nothing but good words to say of The Next Day.
David Bowie is one of the world's biggest and most beloved musicians. His work has transcended mere music and he has been heavily involved with theatre and film, he's responsible for such delights as Labyrinth as well as setting some incredible trends back in the '70s. He's even inspired Shakespeare adaptations with exclusively Bowie soundtracks in the Netherlands. All of this counts towards the electric excitement felt about his latest record- the first new album he has released in a decade. So, did it live up to expectations? Simple answer: yes.
The Mirror's review describes The Next Day as "the sound of a man fully engaged and energised by life and, indeed, his own musical past." That sense of aliveness is also referred to by Entertainment Weekly in their review, adding that the album "finds Bowie very much alive and vacillating between forward-looking restlessness and outright nostalgia. Day takes the idea of returning to past experiments and exposes them to gamma radiation, speeding up the evolution process."
The Guardian gave it 4/5 stars, saying: "Despite the lyrical density, The Next Day's success rests on simple pleasures." Summing the album up, reviewer Alex Petridis said that it is "thought-provoking, strange and filled with great songs."
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David Bowie has received strong reviews for his new album The Next Day.
David Bowie caught just about everyone off guard after announcing his twenty-fourth studio album The Next Day on his sixty-sixth birthday earlier this year, releasing lead single 'Where Are We Now?' and the accompanying video shortly afterwards.
Few even knew the Thin White Duke was working on new material, though the pieces to the puzzle began to fit and it emerged Bowie had been working on new material with Tony Visconti while holed up in New York for the past two years. And we all thought he was chilling out in Central Park and drinking coffee in SoHo.
With no 'guest appearances' - a staple of many 'returning albums' - The Next Day is very much a product of the long-time working relationship between Bowie and Visconti. Familiar faces were called in, Gail Ann Dorset on bass, Sterling Campbell on drums, both of whom have worked with Bowie since the 1990s. Saxophonist Steve Elson - a long-time collaborator - also plays on the record.
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David Bowie has released the video for new single 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)’
David Bowie’s new single ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)’ hasn’t caused as much of a stir as last month’s ‘Where Are We Now?’ – we all know that he’s back now of course. However the video for the new track has made the single another talking point on the comeback trail, with the seminal musician appearing far more fully in the promotional clip, alongside actress Tilda Swinton.
As Simon Cowell revealed that if he could have anyone as a judge on the X Factor it would be David Bowie, the first reviews have started coming in for the Thin White Duke’s long-awaited comeback album The Next Day. With such hype about Bowie’s first album in a decade, dare any of the critics suggest that it’s not all that much cop? Or has everyone toed the line?
To that X Factor story first though; talking to the Daily Mail, Cowell commented “It's no secret I've asked him, and he hasn't said yes yet, but I'll keep extending the invitation.” Continuing, he added "Why Bowie? He's a legend. He's a great songwriter, he has massive influence on music today and he's 100 per cent credible. I'm a fan. Not just of his music but of him, the man. He's cool. Most of us aren't. Bowie is."
Strong endorsement indeed, and Bowie will have found more coming from the assorted critics who’ve heard The Next Day thus far. “It is an enormous pleasure to report that the new David Bowie album is an absolute wonder” writes the Daily Telegraph, before adding that its “urgent, sharp-edged, bold, beautiful and baffling, an intellectually stimulating, emotionally charged, musically jagged, electric bolt through his own mythos and the mixed-up, celebrity-obsessed, war-torn world of the 21st century.” The Guardian comments “Listening to The Next Day makes you hope it's not a one-off, that his return continues apace: no mean feat, given that listening to a new album by most of his peers makes you wish they'd stick to playing the greatest hits.” The Independent meanwhile simply comments “David Bowie’s The Next Day may be the greatest comeback album ever.” Heady stuff.
David Bowie's return to music earlier this week took just about everyone by shock, with the musical icon giving us full details into his next release and a shiny new single/video to go with it.
There's still one detail that Bowie forgot to clear up though, and its been nagging everyone all week: will he be going on tour? The answer, at first, was no. His producer on The Next Day and long time collaborator Tony Visconti was quizzed about the Starman's current standing point with hitting the road by NME, and he said quit simply that Bowie has had enough of touring and it is doubtful that we'd see him on stage in the near future playing songs from his upcoming album. Then, Bowe's guitarist Earl Slick revealed to Ultimate Classic Rock that he and the rest of the band want nothing more than to bring the work of Bowie back on stage for the first time in over six years - things were looking promising.
And now, things are looking even more promising as Visconti has come forward again, this time talking to The Telegraph, and saying that in fact, Bowie may be open to performing again. Ok, he did say that a tour is pretty much off the cards, but still, a show or two might be just what the doctor ordered to get David dreaming of being back on stage. Visconti said: "He doesn’t want to tour any more. He’s had enough of it. But he hasn’t ruled out that he might do a show."
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When David Bowie's new single was released earlier on in the week, he would have been expecting refined commentators of the music scene to gush frantically, not Harry Hill's head to appear in place of Jacqueline Humphries.
You see, in the video, the very strange video, Bowie's head is next to Humphries', who is the wife of the 'Where Are We Now?' video's director Tony Oursler. But in this ridiculous spoof version, believed to have been made by writer Michael Moran, Harry Hill's face replaces hers, while the comedian pulls funny faces throughout the short promo clip. Meanwhile, speaking about the possibility of live shows, David Bowie's guitarist Earl Slick said: "We don't know. Obviously, we want him to. But right now, that's a big if... I could get a phone call tomorrow saying, 'Hey, you know what? Here's the setlist.' I don't know. I can't speak for him or the organisation. Obviously, the band would love to go out. Even if it's not a huge tour, we would like to go out and do some gigs. But that's yet to be seen."
Slick added that he recorded his parts on Bowie's forthcoming new album last summer. "David got in touch with me out of the blue, and he said, 'I'm ready to go back in. What are you doing? Are you around? Are you touring?' I said, 'No, just get me some dates.' We started banging dates around - and he was already recording - and I went in and did all my stuff in July."
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David Bowie’s comeback single WILL be eligible for the UK singles charts this weekend after a statement from the Official Charts Company quelled worries by Bowie fans after reading reports that suggested ‘Where Are We Now?’ wouldn’t be eligible for inclusion after its release on Tuesday (January 8, 2013).
The Guardian reports that the issue surrounding its eligibility arose when it was revealed that those pre-ordering Bowie’s new album The Next Day – due out in March - from iTunes were receiving the track for free with their order. The charts doesn’t include songs that are given away for free and so it was assumed that ‘Where Are We Now?’ wouldn’t be able to be included. However, maybe they were feeling cheerful or maybe it was because they could feel the breath of millions of Bowie fans breathing down their neck, but the Charts Company said that they would include the track, so long as they were given separate figures by iTunes for those downloads which were paid for and those which were free with the pre-order.
‘Where Are We Now?’ was the first new David Bowie song to be released in a decade, since 2003’s album Reality. Released on his birthday, it subsequently emerged that the 66 year-old has been working for the past two years on his new album, alongside producer Tony Visconti, with no one having an inkling.
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David Bowie's new single has caused a resurgence for his older stuff, as fans of his set to remind themselves of the masterful collection he put out over a career spanning six decades. And he's still going.
Within hours of the single, Where Are We Now being on the net, and the announcement of The Next Day - Bowies first musical peep for 10 years; the new album set for March - The Best of Bowie shot to 5th in the iTunes charts. It currently sits 4th.
Gennaro Castaldo of entertainment retailer HMV said: "The thing with Bowie, as with any chart icon, is that when people are reminded of the brilliance of his music, they want to listen to it again, and alongside his original followers still enjoying his albums on CD and vinyl, his songs are now just a download away for a whole new internet generation of potential fans that are out there, so we can expect an explosion of interest in 2013.
We've seen nothing, nothing from David Bowie for 10 years, and now the Brixton-born space-rocker hits us with a new single, and announces a new album. Is this the best day ever? Is it?
The new single is entitled Where Are We Now?, and his new album, The Next Day, will be out in March. You can read our review of the new single here.
According to The New York Daily News, "Sonically, it couldn't be more somber or troubled. Slowly, gracefully, Bowie sings in a voice of genuine gravity. The song's video paints him as equally pained and burdened."
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So you might have noticed that David Bowie has returned. In a century where we’ve pretty much exhausted all the supposed legends of the 20th century, each one coming back for one final pay day and a chance to remind them and their fans of a youth they’ve long since left behind. Some don’t like to pretend they’ve left it: the new Rolling Stones songs off their recent greatest hits compilation Grrr! still pine for a time when Mick Jagger was the pin-up boy of the 70’s, when the ‘Stones really did growl with a snarling energy.
But the difference between the Stones and The Who, is that David Bowie – even if his material in the latter years of the 90’s and turn of the millennium didn’t always match-up to his golden era of the 70’s – has always tried to look forward, even as music tastes and trends have gradually changed so that more and more acts of today seem to try and sonically represent the future as the past. By this we mean you could take a field sample of thirty relatively successful acts of 2012 and reel of a list of those they sound like from bygone eras. David Bowie’s comeback single ‘Where Are We Now?’ is by no means near the best song he’s ever written, it’s probably not even the best he’s written in the past 20 years (not many given he’s been artistically dormant for 10 of them), but it sounds intrinsically his own.
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That clattering sound you thought you heard this week? Yeah, that was a thousand music journalists collectively dropping their pens when David Bowie suddenly released a new single - Where Are We Now? - on his 66th birthday. The British icon, now settled in Manhattan, also announced his first album in 10 years - The Next Day - set for release on March. Bowie, a forward thinking songwriter, addresses mortality and the past on his latest single, fuelling speculation as to whether the singer's latest record could well be his last.
There were murmuring of Bowie's return to the fray in 2012, though most expected him to appear at the London Olympics opening ceremony, sing Heroes and hop back on a plane to the East Coast of America. It never happened, and fans of the superstar were left sighing as Danny Boyle instead screened filmed footage of Bowie during his whistle-stop tour of Britain's pop history. Reviews of Where Are We Now? have been wholly positive, with our own Simon Jay Catling musing "this is a track that maintains the hallmarks of its creator's canon - lyrical signposts, themes that are never fully decoded, questions that open up more questions." Luke Turner of The Quietus said, "The song itself, well, it's proper Bowie, but with a really gorgeous swell, and at times heart-rending reflective tone to it. Brilliant stuff. My word." The Daily Telegraph - who also offered a positive review - quoted a spokesman as saying the track came "from out of nowhere," adding, "Throwing shadows and avoiding the industry treadmill is very David Bowie despite his extraordinary track record that includes album sales in excess of 130 million not to mention his massive contributions in the area of art, fashion, style, sexual exploration and social commentary."
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It's amazing the difference a hiatus makes in music these days - even David Bowie looks likely to feel its benefits. The explosion online that greeted the announcement of a new album in March and a new track in 'Where Are We Now?' was comfortably loud enough to suffocate the fact that, just over a decade ago, the Thin White Duke was - if not a man on the creative decline - certainly one whose profile was slipping, with 2003 LP Reality doing well initially but fading from view quickly. As did Bowie himself not long after, with health problems and the inevitable march of time apparently giving him a new perspective on life, the famous workaholic finally slowed down.
You just knew there'd be one final word though; Reality was too open-ended, too suggestive that Bowie's well wasn't quite empty yet. If many of the reams of plaudits he's received, over 40+ years of making music, for his innovation and ingenuity came about because of his intuition for picking the merest sparks of a new sonic style or trend and contorting them into his own image (see Ziggy Stardust picking up on glam, teaming up with Iggy Pop before punk broke, trekking to Berlin as Kraftwerk came to the fore), then what you can say about 'Where We You Now?' is that at 66 he's looking no further than introspectively. You'd be hard pushed to picture anyone else writing this song.
'Where Are We Now?' is a wistful, melancholic - though not downcast - ballad that lyrically appears to recall Bowie's time spent in Berlin (although apparently recorded in New York, with Berlin Trilogy producer Tony Visconti). It's a gracefully cinematic piece that puts his unique vocal at its fulcrum. Bowie sounds like Bowie should at 66 - his voice is thinner, it cracks a little, but from those fissions weep the longing and reflection that shapes the track's mood. Whilst others among the old guard like The Rolling Stones, still talk dirty in a desperate attempt to convince that we're still getting them at their testosterone-fuelled best, this is a track that maintains the hallmarks of its creator's canon - lyrical signposts, themes that are never fully decoded, questions that open up more questions - but transfigures them to the here and now. And for David Bowie, the here and now would appear to be just as enriching as it always was.
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An enigma to the last, a David Bowie return was always likely to be done in a way that would take the music industry completely by surprise, no matter how big his profile is. In these days where everyone takes their turn to make a comeback, it was getting to the stage where he was the only artist left to do so. As he celebrated his birthday today (January 8, 2013) though that all changed. A new song ‘Where Are We Now?’ has appeared on Bowie’s website, and a new album is expected for March.
He’s hoodwinked us all; back in October of last year The Daily Mail claimed that the man once known as Ziggy Stardust was a recluse, reportedly turning down a request to appear at the Olympics closing ceremony and not having written a song since 2003 (when he released his last album Reality). Turns out they were wrong however. Bowie has been working with his long-time producer Tony Visconti to ready his first album in a decade, already available for pre-order on iTunes – according to USA Today – and titled The Next Day. The album artwork is the same as on Bowie’s “Heroes” album, though with a white square and the words ‘The Next Day’ pasted over the top in black; does this mean that this is continuation of his critically famous Berlin Trilogy of Low, “Heroes” and Lodger, released 1977 to 1979?
The track itself offers some clues, with German references littered in, and a haunting video that recalls Bowie’s time spent in Berlin. Aside from the sheer elation echoing around Twitter this morning, there is some discussion as to who the woman joining Bowie in his video is. Beyond that, can we also surmise that he will in fact be making an appearance at Glastonbury this year? There’s going to be a lot of smug ticket holders if so. Check out ‘Where Are We Now?’ on Bowie’s website.
Ah, the life of the jet-setter. Marion Cotillard was spotted by the Daily Mail, landing at LAX on Thursday (November 1, 2012), after winning an award at Harper’s Bazaar’s Women of the Year Awards in London the night before. Marion picked up the gong for International Actor of the Year at the glittering, celebrity-studded ceremony.
Cotillard was looking pretty pleased with herself as she arrived in Los Angeles, dressed casually in dark trousers, a knitted sweater and blazer, all toped off with a bakers’ boy hat, hiding her hair. The Dark Knight Rises star had opted against wearing any make-up but hey, if you’re on a along haul flight and you have the face of Marion Cotillard… frankly, who needs make-up?
At the awards show, however, it was an entirely different matter, as she looked positively sparkling. Teaming up a pair of striking white shoes with a black dress, which had a touch of ‘The Black Swan’ about it, Cotillard accessorised her outfir with a sparkling diamond necklace.
Universal won clearance Friday to take over EMI, but with a few provisos to the deal, reports the Associated Foreign Press.
European Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said Universal Music agreed to part company with some of the biggest-selling acts in the business including Coldplay, Pink Floyd, David Bowie and Cliff Richard, to get the deal approved, but perhaps the biggest loss will be French house music producer and DJ David Guetta. They will now acquire the talents of The Beatles, who EMI claim have all-time sales at more than a billion records and huge online revenues continuing. They also benefit from Katy Perry and Robbie Williams "to icons like The Beatles, the Beach Boys, Genesis and Bob Seger," owner French group Vivendi said in a statement. The deal "will benefit the artistic community and music industry," it added.
The decision to merge the two musical superpowers wasn’t without it’s complications, with some bodies concerned that it would create too much power over the terms it sets for digital platforms such as Spotify and Apple's iTunes that distribute music direct to consumers. “Competition in the music business is crucial to preserve choice, cultural diversity and innovation," Almunia said in a statement earlier. "In this investigation, we have paid close attention to digital innovation, which is changing the way that people listen to music." Basically, it’s worth loads and loads of money.
What is most shocking about Station To Station - besides perhaps the sheer quality of the songs, which are amongst the best David Bowie has written - is how cohesive it sounds. Despite (as he now admits) effectively recording it from underneath a mountain of cocaine, despite having spent the previous decade continually changing both persona and genre, and despite working hard to ensure that it sounded little like the records that preceded it, Bowie managed to create a unified piece of pop art, a single-minded exploration of a particular sound.
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To look at the life of Rodney is to look at a near-complete history of several decades of music. A shy kid from a broken home, Rodney left Mountain View, California, for Hollywood in the early 1960s and never really left. Quickly making himself at home on the Sunset Strip scene, Rodney surrounded himself with every kind of celebrity, especially from the music industry. One interviewee after another comments on his Andy Warhol-like blank demeanor that allows the famous and talented to see reflections of themselves. But there is also an eternally childlike innocence to him that was quickly picked up on: Cher, who practically adopted Rodney for a time with Sonny, talks about how you could just tell that Rodney never wanted anything from you, just to be there and absorb the glittery experience was enough. There's a sense of a kid trying to make up for his own fractured past with a famous family, and also just looking for someone to take care of him.
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Throughout most of David Bowie's 1973 concert film "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars," the flamboyantly androgynous (at the time) rock legend's performance isn't half as interesting as his gender-bending wardrobe.
In pancake makeup and his trademark spiky orange glam-mullet, Bowie's outfits include a duster-sleeved, silk kimono robe mini-dress and knee-high boots; a striped one-leg, one-sleeve body stocking accessorized with a boa and bangles the size of ring-toss rings; and a mesh shirt that reveals his beanpole frame, worn with a pair of capri pants and open-toed platform heels.
But for the first hour of the movie -- which was filmed at the farewell performance of the Ziggy Stardust persona and is now being re-released in a mediocre and muddy but "digitally remastered" print -- Bowie does little more in these get-ups than absent-mindedly pace the stage song after song, pausing once in a while to swing out a hip to place a hand on.
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Date of birth
8th January, 1947
Date of death
10th January, 2016
Like most viewers of his documentary Mayor of the Sunset Strip, director George Hickenlooper (The...