David Bowie returns with his 25th studio record, Blackstar
By Alex James Taylor | Music | 26 October 2015

David Bowie: Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns

According to reports, David Bowie is set to drop a new album on January 8th next year, Bowie’s 69th birthday.

Blackstar will be the musician’s 25th studio record, his last, the critically acclaimed 2013 release The Next Day, marked Bowie’s return after a ten-year recording absence.

According to The Times – who first broke the news – the seven track LP is “an album of long, jazzy jams mixed with the kind of driving beat pioneered by Seventies German bands Can and Kraftwerk.” The album is also said to include hints of “Gregorian chants, a soul section, various electronic beats and bleeps and Bowie’s distinctive vocals.” Bowie insiders describe it as “completely bonkers.” Sounds brilliant, right?

And good news, you don’t have to wait until next year for your next dose of Bowie, he will be dropping the lead single, a 10-minute epic, also called Blackstar, on November 19th (the track will also be used as the theme for UK crime series The Last Panthers). And, in true Bowie fashion, the singer will decline to provide a radio edit, instead presenting the single as ‘all or nothing’. We’ll take it all, David.

Might this mean Bowie for Glasto? Fingers crossed. Here’s a video of the man himself performing Starman as his galactic alter-ego Ziggy Stardust to get you in the mood…


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