David Bowie fans are celebrating today following the iconic artist’s announcement that he’ll be dropping a new album in early 2016.
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The Times revealed details about the forthcoming release on Saturday only for Bowie to refute some of the claims on his official Facebook page.
So all we really know is that the album is called Blackstar and that it will released on Bowie’s 69th birthday — Jan. 8, 2016. The first single has the same name and is released on Nov. 20.
“Blackstar” continues an ongoing “star” motif in Bowie’s repertoire, joining tracks like “Star,” “Starman,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “Lady Stardust,” “The Prettiest Star,” “The Stars (Are Out Tonight),” “New Killer Star” and “Shining Star (Makin’ My Love).”
Comments on Bowie’s Facebook post show just how high the levels of excitement are. “The news of this new album is giving me manic, uncontrollable joy,” posted one, adding later, “That man will be a panty melter until the day he dies.”
“A new Bowie album is always a cause for celebration,” wrote another.
It’s not the first time Bowie has chosen his birthday to release new music. On Jan. 8, 2013 he released the single “Where Are We Now” and announced his forthcoming album The Next Day.