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Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:59

DAVID BOWIE EMBRACES TECHNOLOGY

In a day where many bands scream and yell when it comes to how their music is produced and distributed, David Bowie shows everyone how it’s done and streams his new album “The Next Day” in its entirety on iTunes until its official release.

In his first new studio material since 2003, Bowie let’s us have it with “The Next Day”.  This album features the single “Where are we now” (already available for purchase on iTunes) as well as “The Stars (Are out tonight)”.  As a matter of fact, the video for “The Stars” was just released last week, and is available for viewing below.

The official launch date of the album is March 12 of this year (yes, 2013) and until the launch date; you can listen to the album in its entirety on iTunes, free of charge.  Yes, the entire album.  If you want to listen, give a click right here, or just open iTunes and look for the huge David Bowie The Next Day image.

I personally applaud Davie Bowie for his bold method of releasing his music.  With access to his new material being available for everyone to try out, more people have the opportunity to decide if the music is a fit for them.  It may honestly drive more sales of fans who really do appreciate the content.

One of the interesting tidbits of the new album, it the cover art.  It is a modified version of David Bowie’s 1977 album, “Heroes”.  What does it mean?  By obscuring the original cover, the message is said to portray “forgetting or obliterating the past”.

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“The Next Day” comes in two versions, a standard and a deluxe version.  The deluxe version adds 3 additional songs to the playlist.  Speaking of which, here it is:

The Next Day Track List:

Number

Track Name

Run Time

1

The Next Day

3:51

2

Dirty Boys

2:58

3

The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

3:56

4

Love is Lost

3:57

5

Where Are We Now?

4:08

6

Valentine’s Day

3:01

7

If You Can See Me

3:16

8

I’d Rather Be High

3:53

9

Boss Of Me

4:09

10

Dancing Out In Space

3:24

11

How Does The Grass Grow

4:33

12

(You Will) Set The World On Fire

3:30

13

You Feel So Lonely You Could Die

4:41

14

Heat

4:25

15

So She **

2:31

16

I’ll Take You There **

2:44

17

Plan **

2:34

** Denotes track available only on Deluxe version

Published in FM Cables

Yesterday, David Bowie stunned the music world by announcing his first new album in a decade, The Next Day.

If that wasn't enough, Bowie also released an official video for the album's first single, "Where Are We Now?," a plaintive, piano-based number on which the 66-year-old singer sounds world-weary. While a more mellow approach might be fitting for Bowie's 24th studio album, producer Tony Visconti says the lead single is in no way indicative of the rest of the album.

"It's a very reflective track for David," the producer told the BBC of the track. "Maybe the only track on the album that goes this much inward for him. It's quite a rock album, the rest of the songs, so I thought to myself: 'Why is David coming out with this very slow, albeit beautiful ballad? Why is he doing this? He could come out with a bang.' I think the next thing you hear from him is going to be quite different."

Visconti revealed that the album has been in the works for a couple of years now and should please Bowie fans of all stripes.

"I've been listening to this on headphones, walking through the streets of New York, for the past two years," Visconti said. "I have not tired of a single song. I think the material on this album is extremely strong and beautiful. If people are looking for classic Bowie, they'll find that on this album. If they're looking for innovative Bowie, some new directions, they'll find that on this album too."

While the world his been waiting for the glam-rock legend to break his silence for some time, the announcement, in typical Bowie fashion, has in many ways prompted more questions than answers. Why the long wait? Will he tour? Is he healthy?

Questions about Bowie's health have dominated conversations about the reclusive rocker ever since Bowie underwent emergency heart surgery for a blocked artery. While even his biographer was certain of Bowie's quiet retirement, Visconti assured readers that what we'll hear on record is a very healthy David Bowie.

"He's a very healthy man," Visconti said. "I assure you. I've been saying this for the past few years. I couldn't explain how I know that, but I worked with a very healthy David Bowie in the studio and a very happy David Bowie in the studio."

The Next Day is out March 12.

Published in FM Cables

After nearly a decade of relative silence, David Bowie has announced his first new album since 2003's Reality. Titled The Next Day, the album is slated for a March 12 release date.

"Where Are We Now?," the album's first single, is available now on iTunes. A haunting music video for the track, directed by Tony Oursler, can be seen at this location.

A press release posted on the singer's re-designed website states that the single was produced by longtime Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti, and was recorded in New York City. It seems likely that Visconti — who worked with Bowie during his famed Berlin period — produced the entire album.

"In recent years radio silence has been broken only by endless speculation, rumor and wishful thinking ....a new record...who would have ever thought it, who'd have ever dreamed it," reads the official press release. "After all David is the kind of artist who writes and performs what he wants when he wants...when he has something to say as opposed to something to sell. Today he definitely has something to say."

The surprise announcement came shortly after midnight GMT time. David Bowie turns 66 today, January 8.

We'll have more details as they surface.

The Next Day Track Listing:

Standard Version:

01. The Next Day 3:51

02. Dirty Boys 2:58

03. The Stars (Are Out Tonight) 3:56

04. Love Is Lost 3:57

05. Where Are We Now? 4:08

06. Valentine's Day 3:01

07. If You Can See Me 3:16

08. I'd Rather Be High 3:53

09. Boss Of Me 4:09

10. Dancing Out In Space 3:24

11. How Does The Grass Grow 4:33

12. (You Will) Set The World On Fire 3:30

13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die 4:41

14. Heat 4:25

Total (Approximately) 53:14

Deluxe Version

01. The Next Day 3:51

02. Dirty Boys 2:58

03. The Stars (Are Out Tonight) 3:56

04. Love Is Lost 3:57

05. Where Are We Now? 4:08

06. Valentine's Day 3:01

07. If You Can See Me 3:16

08. I'd Rather Be High 3:53

09. Boss Of Me 4:09

10. Dancing Out In Space 3:24

11. How Does The Grass Grow 4:33

12. (You Will) Set The World On Fire 3:30

13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die 4:41

14. Heat 4:25

Bonus tracks:

15. So She 2:31

16. I'll Take You There 2:44

17. Plan 2:34

Total (Approximately): 61: 03

Published in FM Cables

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