David Bowie has revealed the artwork for new album ‘★’ (pronounced ‘Blackstar’).
‘Blackstar’ is Bowie’s upcoming 25th studio album and will be released on his 69th birthday (January 8, 2016).
A single of the same name will be presented alongside a short film on Sky Atlantic tonight at 8.45pm. A video trailer for the song can be heard below and the song will be available to download from Friday.
‘Blackstar’ is featured in the opening credits of the new Sky Atlantic drama The Last Panthers. Johan Renck, the director of the series, has also helmed the short film, which will air before the second episode of The Last Panthers airs this evening.
Meanwhile, director Danny Boyle recently discussed his disappointment after his idea of a David Bowie-themed musical was blocked by the star himself.
Boyle – known for his films Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire and 28 Days Later – had long been working on a musical film based on the life and career of the iconic singer, only for Bowie to refuse to let the director use his music.
Speaking to the Radio Times, Boyle described himself as being “in grief” following the rejection, stating that he had been “very keen” on the project.
Boyle also added that his recent Steve Jobs biopic had been taken on to “fill the space in my heart left by the abandoned Bowie script”.
Bowie himself is co-writing a stage show based on ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’, entitled Lazarus, which will feature Dexter star Michael C Hall and is also expected to contain new music.