David Bowie to release new single ‘Lazarus’ this week

Song will feature on Bowie's forthcoming album 'Blackstar', out in January

David Bowie‘s new single ‘Lazarus’ will be premiered this Thursday (December 17) before its official release a day later (December 18).

‘Blackstar’, Bowie’s 25th studio album, will be released on his 69th birthday (January 8, 2016). It follows Bowie’s 2013 comeback album ‘The Next Day’.

Having already released the album’s title track, ‘Lazarus’ will be premiered on Thursday at 5:15pm (UK time) on BBC 6 Music. The track will then be released digitally on Friday.


Ahead of the song’s release, hear a 15-second preview below.

‘Lazarus’ features in the recent Bowie stage production of the same name, which opened in New York earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti recently said that the new record was in part inspired by rapper Kendrick Lamar.

Visconti said: “We were listening to a lot of Kendrick Lamar,” Visconti said. “We wound up with nothing like that, but we loved the fact Kendrick was so open-minded and he didn’t do a straight-up hip-hop record. He threw everything on there, and that’s exactly what we wanted to do. The goal, in many, many ways, was to avoid rock’n’roll.”


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