UPDATE: David Bowie has now officially confirmed that his new album Blackstar will be out 1/8, and the first single and title track will be out 11/20. He announced the news via a post on his website:
It can now be confirmed that “Blackstar” is the forthcoming single and album from David Bowie.
Contrary to inaccurate reporting on the sound and content of the album, only the following can be confirmed:
The single will be released on November 20th and is not part of David’s theatre piece Lazarus.
The album will be released on David’s birthday, January 8th 2016.
David Bowie is releasing the follow-up to 2013’s The Next Day in January, The Times Of London reports. It’s called Blackstar, and it was recorded at NYC’s Magic Shop studio with local jazz musicians. A short excerpt from the 10-minute title track was recently used as the theme song for the British TV series The Last Panthers, and the full track, which will also appear in Bowie’s upcoming musical play Lazarus, apparently features “Gregorian chants, a soul section, various electronic beats and bleeps and Bowie’s distinctive vocals.” The Times describes the rest of the 7-song LP as “an album of long, jazzy jams mixed with the kind of driving beat pioneered by Seventies German bands Can and Kraftwerk,” and according to a “Bowie insider” who’s already heard the record, it’s “completely bonkers.” There’s no official confirmation yet, but Blackstar is supposedly coming out 1/8, on Bowie’s 69th birthday, and the title track will be out next month on 11/19. Listen to an excerpt of “Blackstar” and check out the full Times article below.