A Month of BowiePosted on March 26th, 2013 by Lee Jarvis in Music News
Musician David Bowie celebrated his return to newly recorded music this month with his album The Next Day taking number one spot on the UK charts. The record sold over 94,000 copies in it’s first week of release, earning Bowie his first number one album here in twenty years, and the record for the fastest-selling album of 2013 (….for a minute – this Sunday it was announced that Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience LP broke that record again, shifting almost 106,000 copies in it’s first week.) The album also hit the number one spot in Germany, a first for Bowie – his previous highest chart place was for Let’s Dance back in 1983. You can stream the album in full at the bottom of this blog post.
Bowie, however, is likely already emerged in new projects – this spring sees the fruition of a lot of work, and The Next Day is just the start of it. After the LP’s release on 11th March, and it’s subsequent number one chartings on 17th March, this past weekend (23rd March) saw the official public opening of a special exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. David Bowie Is is a retrospective of 300 Bowie-related artifacts broke another record and became the V&As fastest-selling exhibit of all time, shifting 47,000 advance tickets. Museum-goers will be treated to items such as rare photographs, film footage, set designs, handwritten lyrics and notes, and dozens of his often other-worldly stage costumes, including The Starman leotards, the Ziggy Stardust bodysuit, and the turquoise suit and tie of Life on Mars fame.
The weekend also saw the launch of another retrospective exhibition of images at the Snap Galleries in London, where photos of David Bowie dating back to 1972 are on display as a collective of works from Japanese photographer Masayoshi Sukita. Sukita has worked with bowie for over 40 years, and is perhaps best known for taking the image for the cover of the album “Heroes”.
More Recorded Music
In other Bowie news, a special Jonathan Barnbrook-designed The Next Day vinyl package will be released worldwide on April 1st as a 180 gram, 17-track double vinyl LP plus the 17-track CD album, as announced on his website.
Following that, Record Store Day (20th April) sees Bowie releasing a collectible 7in version of The Stars (Are Out Tonight)/ Where Are We Now from his new album, as well as a re-issues of the 1973 single Drive-In Saturday on a 7in picture disc with the Russell Harty Plus Pop Version of the song as the B-side.
Lastly, Guardian Books has published a new ebook titled Bowie: A Life Reviewed, which features a collection of articles, comments and quotes reported by the Guardian and the Observer over several decades, and is now available for the Kindle e-reader. Starting with his elevation to pop stardom via 1969′s Space Oddity, it covers most of the classic albums and tours through contemporaneous reviews, interviews and features, coming right up to date with the release of The Next Day.
With the recent overflow of Bowie news, certainly by the reserved standards of the 66-year old star, one question still remains; will we see David Bowie on stage again? He hasn’t performed a live concert for several years, and he and his team remain mostly quiet about his future plans, and so speculation abounds;
The star’s album producer and long-time studio collaborator Tony Visconti has previously told journalists at NME, “He’s fairly adamant he’s never gonna perform live again… One of the guys would say, ‘Boy, how are we gonna do all this live?’ and David said, ‘We’re not’. He made a point of saying that all the time.”
However, adding to the confusion, Bowie’s wife Iman made comments last week that seemed to hint that the singer may soon head out on tour. In an interview to a magazine journalist she says, “We have a 12-year-old [daughter, Alexandria] in school, so we are stuck, we can’t travel. Our schedule is around her, so I don’t know. We’ll have to go visit him, but we won’t be on tour with him because she’s in school.”
Kevin Cann, the author of Any Day Now (a biography of the early Bowie years) told the NY Times, “He has had a very long absence from touring, and I think that he doesn’t want to go out on the road, but wants to stay in touch with his audience.” Speaking of the current V&A exhibit, he adds, “This is him reaching out and sharing.”
Stream ‘David Bowie – The Next Day’ Album In Full
It seems like there’s nothing definite on the touring front just yet, so in the mean time we thoroughly recommend you listen to the new album, which is available to stream in full via the Spotify widget below.
Stay tuned to the Music Jobs Blog for any future David Bowie news, and also check out the singer’s website davidbowie.com