David Bowie to Release New Album in January - the Jazz-Themed 'Blackstar' Recorded in NYC
The Times of London has revealed that David Bowie will be releasing a brand new album titled Blackstar in January of 2016. The follow-up to 2013's The Next Day is a jazz-themed album that was recorded at Magic Shop studio in New York City with the help of some local jazz artists. The album's title track, a winding 10-minute marathon of a song, appeared in the opening credits of the television show, The Last Panthers. It will also be featured in Bowie's upcoming Broadway play Lazarus, Stereogum reports.
The title track already has distinct differences from the new wave rocker's last album, taking the form of an eerie/cryptic jazz-infused experimental ballad. The Times describes the upcoming record as "an album of long, jazzy jams mixed with the kind of driving beat pioneered by Seventies German bands Can and Kraftwerk." It seems like a blend of sounds that is entirely possible, considering the artist's tendency to stretch the boundaries of musical genres.
Despite there not being any official confirmation yet from Bowie himself, Blackstar already reportedly has a release date of Jan. 8, 2016, the same day as the eclectic singer's 69th birthday. The title track is slated for an official release on Nov. 19, one day after the play opens at New York's Theatre Workshop.
Although this is exciting news, we'd advise you not to get too excited for a David Bowie tour of any kind in the near future, or ever again for that matter. Billboard recently reported that the British artist's promoter, John Giddings, was firm about Bowie never touring again. The singer hasn't performed since his 2004 medical emergency. Giddings is not pushing for the artist to ever go back on the road. He said, "David is one of the best artists I've ever worked with. But every time I see him now, before I even speak to him, he goes, 'I'm not touring' and I say, 'I'm not asking.'"