David Bowie has announced that his 25th studio LP will be out in January.
According to Bowie’s website, the album itself will be released on the singer’s 69th birthday on January 8, 2016. The single off the album will be released this coming November 20th.
The website made it clear that contrary to inaccurate reports, the November 20th release of the single is not part of Bowie’s theater piece “Lazarus.”
Rolling Stone, however, reported that Blackstar will have the music that Bowie made for “Lazarus,” a musical theater of the singer’s film The Man Who Fell to Earth.
Before news on Blackstar came out, fans needed to wait a decade for his last album (released in 2013) The Next Day.
See the official announcement here.
According to reports, Blackstar was recorded in New York City’s Magic Shop with jazz musicians. The Times said that the album “may well be the odd-est work yet from the 68-year-old singer and eternal chameleon. And as anyone who has spent time with the instrumental side of Bowie’s 1976 album Low can attest, that’s saying something.”
Blackstar will contain seven tracks that span 45 minutes. The title track “Blackstar” will also be reportedly the theme for a new UK TV drama titled “The Last Panthers.” Listen to it here.
“I showed Mr. Bowie the two first episodes in the rough state they were at the time, and he liked what he saw very much. We discussed the various aspects of the show; naturally the plot line, but also the underlying currents of guilt and personality flaws. We talked about the dark heart of Europe. We talked about the biblical aspects of human nature,” said the show’s director Johan Renck.
“He asked if there was anything else to see, so I showed him the first concept board i had just made for the title sequence – images from the show laced with chimaeras and demons from the worlds of Bosch and Grunewald. That’s when he said go – it all fits. Then he played me his new song ‘BLACKSTAR’,” he added.
Bowie’s website also used two hashtags for the upcoming release: #Blackstar and #NewBowieAlbum.