25th album 'Blackstar' will be released on January 8, with a new single coming on November 20
David Bowie‘s press representative has confirmed to NME that the musician’s new album ‘Blackstar’ will indeed be released next year following reports over the weekend.
The Times recently reported news of Bowie’s 25th studio LP, which is expected on his 69th birthday, January 8 (2016). This release date has now been confirmed.
Bowie’s representative has also stated that a new single (which “is not part of David’s theatre piece ‘Lazarus'” but the record’s title-track) will precede the album on November 20.
Despite confirming the news, the singer’s camp has denied other aspects of the recent reports, citing the “inaccurate reporting on the sound and content of the album”.
The Times had described the album as possibly Bowie’s “oddest yet” and “completely bonkers”. German electro pioneers Kraftwerk were referenced as a point of comparison, along with jazz influences.
It was also reported that the album would be 45 minutes long, containing just seven tracks.
The title track was also said to have a running time of 10 minutes, consisting of “Gregorian chants, a soul section, various electronic beats and bleeps, and Bowie’s distinctive vocal”.
It doesn’t look likely that a tour will follow the album, as two weeks ago it was reported that Bowie has allegedly “retired from touring”.
Bowie has released a series of re-issues over the past year, including a large box set spanning 1969-1973 and a number of 7″ singles in special edition.
He is also 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 Bowie tracks.