David Bowie has officially confirmed plans to release a new album, “Blackstar”, on his 69th birthday in January.
Following various media reports speculating about the project, Bowie’s camp issued word the album will be available on January 8 and that the title track will be the lead single and due for release on November 20.
The singer also confirmed that, contrary to reports, the song is not part of his new stage musical, “Lazarus”, which will see its world premiere this fall in New York starting November 18.
Earlier this month, Bowie previewed the "Blackstar" title track as the theme for a new crime series, The Last Panthers, premiering on Sky Atlantic in November.
A portion of the tune can be heard over the opening credits to the 6-episode program, which will star Samantha Morton, Tahar Rahim and John Hurt when it debuts on November 12.
The singer’s latest studio effort, “The Next Day”, was issued in 2013 and marked Bowie’s first album in a decade; the record peaked at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200.
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