Mr. Ziggy Stardust will be making a return to music at the beginning of next year when he unveils Blackstar, his 26th (yes, 26th) full-length album.
According to the Times, Blackstar was made at New York’s Magic Shop studio with the assistance of local jazz musicians. The seven song LP (which includes title track and lead single “Blackstar”) is “an album of long, jazzy jams mixed with the kind of driving beat pioneered by Seventies German bands Can and Kraftwerk.” The album is also said to include hints of “Gregorian chants, a soul section, various electronic beats and bleeps and Bowie’s distinctive vocals.” In other words, a record that the Bowie insider calls “completely bonkers.”
The “Blackstar” single will drop on November 19, as well as be featured in Lazarus (a musical Bowie is co-writing with Enda Walsh). The track is also used as the theme for UK crime series The Last Panthers.
Blackstar will drop on January 8, 2016 (the same day as his birthday on which he’ll turn 69), and follows in suit with Bowie’s many other space-themed albums (Earthling, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Space Oddity).