Thousands sign petition to stop Kanye West recording rumoured David Bowie tribute album

Petition organisers say it would be "sacrilege" to allow West to cover Bowie songs

Thousands of people have signed a petition aimed at stopping Kanye West from recording a David Bowie tribute album.

Tabloid reports earlier this week suggested that the rapper wants to pay tribute to the late star by recording an album of Bowie covers. West was among the first artists to pay tribute to Bowie online after his death and described him as “one of my most important inspirations.”

A source told The Daily Star about the album, saying: “Some are straightforward cover versions with Kanye actually singing. On others he is rapping with his own lyrics over Bowie’s music.”

Adding: “He is determined to carry on David’s work as a musical innovator. He says that the torch has been passed to him.”

Since the rumours of the tribute album emerged, a petition has been started online with Bowie fans flocking to show their opposition to the alleged plans. The summary of the petition reads: “David Bowie was one of the single most important musicians of the 20th and 21st century, it would be a sacrilege to let it be ruined by Kanye West.”

At the time of writing over 5,000 people have signed the petition. That is someway short of the 100,000 plus who signed a similar petition designed to stop West from headlining Glastonbury in 2015. The Glastonbury petition did little to change the minds of festival organisers, with Emily Eavis saying it showed the “dark underbelly of the web”.

NME approached a representative for West regarding the tribute album rumours but did not receive a response.