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DUNCAN SIGNS UP FOR WORLD OF WARCRAFT
31st January 2013

Legendary Pictures have announced that BAFTA winning DUNCAN JONES has been signed up to direct the 'World Of Warcraft' movie.

The anticipation for this upcoming blockbuster movie is incredibly high, with the world's biggest MMORPG game having more than ten million subscribers worldwide.

Duncan tweeted: 'So the gauntlet was thrown down ages ago: Can you make a proper MOVIE of a video game. I've always said it's possible Got to DO it now! ;)'

The director's critically acclaimed first film Moon cost $5 million (3.1m) but the budget for the as yet untitled World Of Warcraft movie is thought to be in excess of $100 million (63m).

Game creators Blizzard Entertainment released the news on WoW's official Facebook page, which read: 'We are pleased to announce that Duncan Jones, director of critically-acclaimed films 'Source Code' and 'Moon', has signed to direct the upcoming live-action film based on the Warcraft universe.'

The script for the movie has been created by writer Charles Leavitt and Duncan's producing partner, Stuart Fenegan will executive produce.

Legendary Pictures reportedly want to start production on the film this Autumn in time for a 2015 release.

Check out Duncan's official Twitter @ twitter.com/ManMadeMoon and blog.manmademovies.co.uk


THE HERO'S RETURN
30th January 2013

Vibrations magazine David Bowie Collectors issue VIBRATIONS magazine in France have produced a DAVD BOWIE special collectors edition.

Besides gracing the front cover, inside there are 100 photos rare and unseen... an exclusive interview Bowie by Bowie... 1973 in the United States with Nick Kent... Bowie on the big screen... The Berlin Trilogy Discography... and much more.

Blurb translation: For nearly half a century, David Bowie shapes pop sounds and invent the future. In 1972, he created a myth with his character Ziggy Stardust and signs of the most innovative concept albums of the 20th century. In full punk era, he uses electronics to Berlin albums Low and "Heroes". In the 1980s, he reinvented funky and dandy hit the dancefloors with his hit 'Let's Dance', produced by Nile Rodgers. Bowie has always been at the forefront, increasing the alias, investing all creative fields, from music to movies to theatre and the visual arts. While a London exhibition retraces his path and he makes an amazing comeback after ten years of silence, the Vibration Collector magazine looks back on the illustrious career of more elusive rock artists.

The magazine is on sale now priced at 6.9 euros.

You can browse forty-six pages from this issue over at davidbowie.vibrationsmusic.com

Thanks to avcsar for the heads-up.


THE NEXT DAY: REVISED RELEASE DATES
29th January 2013

The Next Day by David Bowie DAVID BOWIE's soon-to-be released new studio album 'The Next Day' has some slightly revised release dates across the world.

       March 8th: Germany.
       March 11th: UK.
       March 12th: USA/Canada.
       March 15th: Australia.

As you can see, the Australian release date has been put back a week and at present Germany will see the album first.

However, international release dates may vary.

From davidbowie.com


TMWFTE MAY ROUTH SCRIPT
29th January 2013

The Man Who Fell To Earth - May Routh script Just listed up on eBay is DAVID BOWIE's costumer MAY ROUTH original script from 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' movie.

The starting bid is US $1,200 (approximately £764 GBP) with 5 days currently remaining.

Sellers description: The Man Who Fell To Earth original, production-used screenplay by PAUL MAYERSBERG, from the archives of David Bowie's costumer on the film, May Routh. David can be seen wearing Routh's iconic costumes from The Man Who Fell To Earth on the covers of his albums Low and Station To Station.

This is Routh's ORIGINAL script, complete with her notes, and is not a reproduction of any kind. The script runs 171 pages, including pink pages dated March 7th, 1975 denoting rewrites. Routh's name is handwritten on the first page. Her name is also written on each of the sets of rewritten pages.

Now a major science fiction cult classic, The Man Who Fell To Earth was directed by NICOLAS ROEG (Walkabout, Don't Look Now) and starred David Bowie, Candy Clark, Buck Henry, and Rip Torn, among others. Bowie and John Phillips, among others, contributed to its score.

This script has handwritten notes about Bowie's (and other cast members') wardrobe at various appropriate points throughout the script. On the first page, for instance, she refers to the 'Duffel coat' that he is seen wearing in the film's opening scene, images of which were used for the film's movie posters and other advertisements, as well as for his Low album jacket.

The script varies significantly from the finished film in notable ways. According to the script, Bowie's song 'Space Oddity' was supposed to be played at several points in the film. Rather than the film ending with Artie Shaw's melancholy 'Stardust' playing over the end credits, it was planned to end with Elton John's 'Rocket Man' playing instead There are also deleted and rewritten scenes, such as a sequence where the alien family of Bowie's character, Mr. Newton, are seen playing with a pool of preserved fish on their drought-ridden world, and dry foliage crumbles at their touch.

Since The Man Who Fell To Earth was a relatively low-budget movie with a relatively small cast and crew, original copies of its script are very hard to obtain and seldom come up for auction. That this copy is associated closely not only with the film's production, but with David Bowie's iconic albums, makes it a choice item for collectors of both film and rock music memorabilia.

Condition: This script is in Very Good condition. It shows basic signs of use and handling, but it is clean overall and has been well cared for. The script curves somewhat in the middle from being stored at an angle, but this could be almost certainly easily fixed and does not represent damage to it. SERIOUS BIDDERS can feel free to email with any questions regarding this item.

The winning bidder will, upon request, be provided with a signed Certificate of Authenticity for this item from May Routh herself.

Check out eBay to view several large sized sample pages.


SOME (NO) BODY
27th January 2013

David Bowie - Some (No) Body David Bowie - Some (No) Body Update: Currently in the pipeline over in France... ORIGINAL EDITIONS are to publish a new DAVID BOWIE deluxe GIANT photo book containing 300 photographs.

This limited edition 70cm x 48cm entitled 'David Bowie - Some (No) Body' is published on 8th March.

Part One contains a collection of rare pictures from 1963 to 1983, Part Two covers the last A Reality show through to 2013 includes the silent era and Part Three features a Collectors section with the 20 plus important pieces including the 'Liza Jane' acetate.

You can check out some photographs from the book on the BW Message Board.

I can't see anything on their website at the moment, but hopefully more details and information can be found over at the originaleditions.fr website shortly.

Thanks to PhilGlam and Philippe Auliac for the pointers.


BOWIE MAGAZINE ROUND-UP
26th January 2013Rolling Stone magazine Spain David Bowie

DAVID BOWIE graces the front cover of the Spanish edition of ROLLING STONE magazine for their February issue (No. 160). Inside there is a twenty-page feature. More details at rollingstone.es...

MOJO magazine has a DAVID BOWIE header blurb and photo on their front cover for their upcoming March issue. 'Bowie Returns' The full inside story! For the feature by David Buckley interviewed Tony Visconti, Gail Ann Dorsey, Earl Slick and Gerry Leonard - [More details]...

Q magazine again has a DAVID BOWIE header blurb and photo on the front cover of their March issue 'Bowie Exclusive! New album producer Visconti speaks!' - [qthemusic.com]...

The February issue of VANITY FAIR magazine in Spain (No. 54 Monica Bellucci cover) features twelve-pages and nineteen photos of DAVID BOWIE - [revistavanityfair.es]...


JAPANESE EXCLUSIVE RELEASE OF THE NEXT DAY
26th January 2013

The Next Day by David Bowie Update: DAVID BOWIE's soon-to-be released new studio album 'The Next Day' is getting the Blu-spec CD2 treatment in Japan on 11th March.

This Japanese-only 'limited release' [Catalogue Number: SICP-30127] is now available to pre-order at some UK dealers, as well as normal Japanese outlets online. The CD2 contains eighteen songs in total, which includes the FOUR bonus tracks.

The cheapest I can find online is cdjapan - it works out [with air mail postage] at around £19.49 GBP.

Blu-spec CD2 is the next generation Compact Disc that employs the Phase Transition Mastering, the technology developed for mastering of Blu-ray discs, to further perfect the acclaimed characteristics of Blu-spec CD2. Fully compatible with standard CD players, Blu-spec CD2 completely alters the experience of music.

So what's Blu-spec CD2 I hear you say?... On 28th September 2012, Sony Music Entertainment Japan announced 'Blu-spec CD2' or BSCD2, a progession of the Blu-spec CD format which employs a more precise Blu-ray Disc cutting machine, a master disc that is made from the same smooth material as silicon wafers for chip manufacture, and a different recording layer material for the master disc. Sony refers to this process as 'Phase Transition Mastering'. A Blu-spec CD2 disc can be played on ALL CD players and does not require a blue laser to be read.

The Next Day is to be released in three different formats and all are available to pre-order NOW... Audio CD Deluxe Edition Audio CD and Vinyl [2 LPs] on 8th March in Australia, 11th March in UK, Europe and Rest of the World and 12th March in the USA.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
25th January 2013

Published tomorrow in THE TIMES newspaper is 'How Glam changed Britain' by Gary Kemp, which obviously features a lot of DAVID BOWIE...

Also published tomorrow in THE INDEPENDENT newspaper in their Radar magazine supplement is 'All The Very Young Dudes' by Tim Cumming which gives details on the film footage taken of DAVID BOWIE and The Hype at The Roundhouse back in 1970 at the Atomic Sunrise Festival. The film is to be shown at The Roundhouse, London on March 11th and 12th at 8.30pm in the Studio Theatre. There are only 100 tickets available - so be quick - [roundhouse.org.uk]. In the article the producer Adrian Everett says he is planning on releasing a final edit DVD release, as well as a book...

Just published by Resling is a Hebrew-language book entitled 'DAVID BOWIE - The Man Who Fell to Earth'. In his new book historian-editor Dr. Oded Heilbronner talks not only about the singer, but about the lack of local interest in academic study of pop music. You can read the whole interview over at the haaretz.com website...

The publishing date for the V&A DAVID BOWIE Is book has been moved forward to April. This companion book coincides with the upcoming exhibition 'David Bowie Is' by Victoria Broakes and Geoffrey Marsh. You can pre-order the Deluxe Hardback version and receive a massive 41% discount!...

There is a rather nice four-page feature in the March issue of Q MAGAZINE that includes an interview with TONY VISCONTI talking about the new DAVID BOWIE album The Next Day. Tony mentions that he and David plan on remixing a special deluxe edition of of 'Lodger' album. Lodger was first released on 18th May 1979... so maybe Lodger will be getting the 35 year anniversary treatment?...

Published in the LYNN NEWS (South Creake) 'We jammed with Bowie'. Nick Haywood recalls hanging around with DAVID BOWIE in Beckenham. You can read the [interview here]...

Taking place at Birkbeck University of London in Bloomsbury is the BiGS Event - Floating in a Most Peculiar Way: 'Angels in America', DAVID BOWIE, Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Starts on 20th February at 12.30pm until 2pm in Room B30. Main Building. It is FREE entry on a first come, first seated situation. Speaker: Denis Flannery (University of Leeds). Toneelgroep Amsterdam's production of Tony Kushner's 'Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes' (1991-92) was first performed in 2008 and has been a regular part of their repertory ever since. Directed by Ivo van Hove, this is also a production for which 'every' note of music and every recorded sound is taken from David Bowie's work. Using interviews with Ivo van Hove and other members of Toneelgroep, this talk explores the relationships of support, mutual excavation and surprise between this production of Kushner's plays by Holland's leading theatre company and David Bowie's music. It does so in dialogue with writing on theatre by Alain Badiou and others. In the process it covers topics such as the relationships of Bowie's lyrics to Kushner's text, autobiography's presence in theatre, the impact of white light and vinyl LPs. More details and information can be found at bbk.ac.uk website...

DAVID BOWIE 'Nacht Musik' - The Vinyl Factory and The Mott Collection announce a timely new exhibition and commemorative publication, David Bowie 'Nacht Musik' - celebrating the musical and stylistic legacy of a modern icon. Limited to only 300 copies worldwide, this 104-page catalogue showcases Bowie's remarkably eclectic aesthetic, consisting of 45 iconic 7 inch covers, a fold out print, 7 inch vinyl pressing of a 1978 radio interview and essay by collector Toby Mott. The show takes place at The Vinyl Factory, Chelsea, London from 7th February until 3rd March. More details and information can be found at thevinylfactory.com and vfeditions.com...

The current issue of INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine (The Economist) features DAVID BOWIE on the front cover. Inside the feature 'Bowie's Eye' by Matthew Sweet pinpoints his looks and guises from Aladdin Sane to family man which covers the forthcoming Victoria and Albert exhibition. Check out the moreintelligentlife.com website...


COOL CAT REEL-TO-REEL
23rd January 2013

Cool Cat David Bowie and Queen reel-to-reel Up for grabs on eBay is the original reel-to-reel master tape of the QUEEN / DAVID BOWIE unreleased track Cool Cat

This 3:27 remix LP version was created on 14th April 1982 by Elektra Sound Recorders in Los Angeles, CA for a planned foreign release, which unfortunately never saw the light of day with features David Bowie on the chorus.

The starting bid is a whopping $9,999.99 US that's approximately £6,301.99 GBP.

Written by Freddie Mercury and John Deacon it was originally recorded in 1981 at Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland.

The original version featuring David's backing vocals was available on a USA promotional vinyl test pressing in early 1982.

The song was released on Queen's album Hot Space albeit with David's backing vocals removed. Mercury stated in an interview that David was unhappy with the results and requested them to be removed.

As you know, after Cool Cat they ended up recording Under Pressure with David on vocals, handclaps, finger clicking and keyboards, which was a worldwide number one hit.

Update: The starting bid wasn't realised, but two bids were entered. The tape has been relisted and 'make offer' option added.


DAVID NOMINATED IN NME AWARDS
21st January 2013

DAVID BOWIE has been nominated in THREE categories in the NME Awards 2013 that were announced today.

David appears in the following categories: 'Best Music Video', 'Music Moment Of The Year' and 'Hero Of The Year'.

Best Music Video
       'Oblivion' Grimes
       'Bad Girls' MIA
       'Where Are We Now?' David Bowie
       'R U Mine?' Arctic Monkeys
       'Don't Save Me' Haim
       'Feels Like We Only Go Backwards' Tame Impala

Music Moment Of The Year
       David Bowie returns
       The Stone Roses play Heaton Park
       Olympics opening ceremony
       The Rolling Stones play London's O2 Arena
       Green Day's secret set at Reading Festival
       Pussy Riot's punk prayer

Hero Of The Year
       David Bowie
       Bradley Wiggins
       Pussy Riot
       Barack Obama
       Frank Ocean
       Dave Grohl

The Awards, which will take place on Wednesday 27th February in its new home at London's Troxy will honour new bands, cult heroes and rock legends across twenty-two different categories voted for by music fans.

You can check out the nominations in full and vote at nme.com


ALEXANDRA MOON-AGE
21st January 2013

Check out this three-minute film tribute to DAVID BOWIE - with ALEXANDRA MOON-AGE performing as Davy Jones, The Thin White Duke, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Jereth from Labyrinth and China Girl Bowie.

Featuring cod pieces, the milk diet, early MTV FX and a sweet Bowie mash up!

Alexandra Moon-Age as David Bowie - blog.moon-age.net

Directed and edited by Leesa Ulanova, shot at vynewoodstudio.com


BOWIE ON BANJO
19th January 2013

David Bowie by Jimmy King Several people have asked what type of banjo is DAVID BOWIE playing on his new album The Next Day?

Well I can tell you it's a Dean Backwoods BW6 which is a six-string hybrid banjo made by Dean Guitars in the USA.

Specification includes: 6 string hybrid banjo. 25" scale length. 11" Remo head. Grover tuners, 1 3/4-Inch nut width. 24 piece bracket. Mahogany C neck, rim and resonator. Rosewood fingerboard. Pearl Dot / Wing inlays. Sealed die cast tuners. Chrome hardware. Celluloid binding.

Great for a guitar player looking for that banjo sound. With its familiar guitar running, it requires no learning curve for guitarists.

For more details and information on this instrument pop on over to the deanguitars.com website.


THE NEXT DAY - THE COMPOSERS
17th January 2013

The Next Day by David Bowie Fifteen of the eighteen songs that appear on the forthcoming DAVID BOWIE album The Next Day are solely composed by David.

'Boss Of Me' and 'I'll Take You There' are co-written with guitarist GERRY LEONARD and 'How Does The Grass Grow?' has a JERRY LORDAN co-credit..

       01. The Next Day [3:51] - (David Bowie)
       02. Dirty Boys [2:58] - (David Bowie)
       03. The Stars (Are Out Tonight) [3:56] - (David Bowie)
       04. Love Is Lost [3:57] - (David Bowie)
       05. Where Are We Now? [4:08] - (David Bowie)
       06. Valentine's Day [3:01] - (David Bowie)
       07. If You Can See Me [3:16] - (David Bowie)
       08. I'd Rather Be High [3:53] - (David Bowie)
       09. Boss Of Me [4:09] - (David Bowie / Gerry Leonard)
       10. Dancing Out In Space [3:24] - (David Bowie)
       11. How Does The Grass Grow? [4:33] - (David Bowie / Jerry Lordan)
       12. (You Will) Set The World On Fire [3:30] - (David Bowie)
       13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die [4:41] - (David Bowie)
       14. Heat [4:25] - (David Bowie)
       Bonus tracks:
       15. So She [2:31] - (David Bowie)
       16. I'll Take You There [2:44] - (David Bowie / Gerry Leonard)
       17. Plan [2:34] - (David Bowie)
       18. God Bless The Girl [Japan only] - (David Bowie)

The Next Day is to be released in three different formats and all are available to pre-order NOW... Audio CD Deluxe Edition Audio CD and Vinyl [2 LPs] on 8th March in Australia, 11th March in UK, Europe and Rest of the World and 12th March in the USA.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
17th January 2013

This months issue of RECORD COLLECTOR (#410) contains a feature on THE RIOT SQUAD - the latest in their exclusive vinyl series uncovers lost recordings by legendary mod band The Riot Squad who could boast DAVID BOWIE among their number. Ian Shirley tells their tale - [More details]...

TONY OURSLER who directed the video promo for DAVID BOWIE's new single 'Where Are We Now?' was guest on BBC RADIO 4 programme Front Row yesterday. You can download the [podcast here]...

In Manchester city centre the HUNKY DORY Bar is a relatively new player within the Northern Quarter bar scene and offers something a little different from the ultra-trendy nightspots in the area. Hunky Dory is first and foremost and 70s themed cocktail bar and eatery with the owner said to be a massive DAVID BOWIE. In keeping with the 70s theme, all the drinks carry the name of a classic 70s track. Happy Hour runs from 5pm till 8pm from Monday to Friday. Food is also served and you can get some great home-made dishes to complement your drinks and see off those hunger pangs. Hunky Dory is perfect for an evening in the Northern Quarter with a twist; retro tunes, a cool setting and a good crowd all contribute to a good evening. More details at hunkydory.com and check out their Facebook pages...


OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS
16th January 2013

Oh! You Pretty Things: Bowie and Elvis Birthday Bash Oh! You Pretty Things: Bowie and Elvis Birthday Bash takes place on Sunday 20th January Martin Luther King Weekend.

Oh! You Pretty Things is proud to present a birthday bacchanalia for rock's two greatest Capricorns DAVID BOWIE and ELVIS PRESLEY, Michael T and the Vanities and This Ambitious Orchestra perform larger-than-life arrangements of hit songs from their catalogue along with a live set from the Screamin' Rebel Angels and burlesque performances by The Love Show, Bettina May, and Brewster for this Vegas-style three ring circus.

Dress Code: All Bowie and Elvis Looks, Southern Dandies, Vampire Chic, Glam Cowboys, and Space-Age Futurist.

MORE INFO OHYOUPRETTYTHINGSNYC.COM

Sunday January 20th @ 10pm 21+ID.

Venue: Le Poisson Rouge 158 Bleecker and Thompson St, New York City, USA.


OUR TOWN FOR NEWTOWN
16th January 2013

This coming weekend SPACE ODDITY DAVID BRIGHTON's tribute to DAVID BOWIE will be performing at a benefit concert for the families of the shooting victims in Connecticut.

OUR TOWN FOR NEWTOWN - A CONCERT FOR SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY

(Coming together to raise money for the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims).

This charity event takes place on Sunday 20th January at The Grove of Anaheim, 2200 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim, California 92806, USA. Show times: 5-9pm.

The concert line-up includes:

       Floyd FX (Pink Floyd Tribute).
       Space Oddity (David Bowie Tribute).
       Pyromania (Def Leppard Tribute).
       Zeppelin USA (Led Zeppelin Tribute).
       Lights (Journey Tribute).
       Ultimate Stones (Rolling Stones Tribute).
       Queen Nation (Queen Tribute).
       The Fab Four (Beatles Tribute).

Tickets are available for a minimum donation of $20, and are on sale at The Grove box office on Jan. 9 @ 12pm or by calling 714.712.2700. Further donations will be accepted inside the venue or via our online via the themadduxfoundation.com website.

More details and information are available at davidbowietribute.com and Facebook events page.

From David Brighton.


NAGISA OSHIMA REST IN PEACE
16th January 2013

Sad news to report the passing away of Japanese film director NAGISA OSHIMA yesterday.

Eighty-year-old Nagia contracted pneumonia and died on 15th January.

As you know, Nagisa directed Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence in 1983 that starred DAVID BOWIE as Major Jack Celliers. Set in a wartime Prisoner of War camp, the movie also starred Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Takeshi Kitano.

Nagisa Oshima (31st March 1932 - 15th January 2013) - Rest In Peace. [Obituary]


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
14th January 2013

The national press here in the UK have given DAVID BOWIE more column inches over the past six days than I have ever seen in my life. Good innit! David got papped a couple of times on Sunday in New York City. Sporting a black bubble jacket, flat cap, shades and 'hours' type striped gloves he looked his usual dapper self. You can view the photos on the story links below...

Daily Mail: There you are! DAVID BOWIE surfaces in New York just... as new single reaches number 6 in the UK charts - [Read here]...

The Mirror: Man who fooled the world: How DAVID BOWIE managed to keep his shock comeback a secret - [Read here]...

The first solo release as DAVID BOWIE 'Can't Help Thinking About Me' was released forty-seven years ago today...

The 1977 DAVID BOWIE masterpiece album Low was released thirty-six years ago today...

Uriah Heep and former Spider From Mars TREVOR BOLDER has been forced to take a leave of absence from his band to undergo an unnamed surgery. An announcement made on uriah-heep.com states that he is going into hospital for an operation which will require several months' recuperation. You can leave a message for Trevor here - Get well soon Trevor... wishing you a speedy recovery...


HOW DOES THE GRASS GROW?
14th January 2013

Although it has been announced that there are no cover versions on the new DAVID BOWIE album The Next Day, according to the BMI Patrick Jeremiah Lordan - aka JERRY LORDAN - does get a co-songwriting credit alongside David Bowie on the track 'How Does The Grass Grow'.

Tony Visconti describing the song in an interview with The Times newspaper said: "It's a companion song to I'd Rather Be High' and is about the First World War: how British soldiers were trained as a metaphor for a lot of things. Sheer poetry."

Jerry Lordan Here's some background information on Jerry for those who maybe interested...

History lesson... Jerry Lordan was an English songwriter, composer and singer (born 30th April 1934 - 24 July 1995).

He wrote 'A House, A Car and a Wedding Ring' recorded by Mike Preston and later by Dale Hawkins. His main claim to fame was as the composer to the instrumental song 'Apache' recorded originally by Bert Weedon and then later as you know by The Shadows in 1960 which hit the number one spot for five weeks. The Shadows version was voted Top Record of 1960 in the NME Readers' Poll.

He also wrote 'Diamonds' for ex-Shadows Jet Harris and Tony Meehan in 1963, and later they recorded 'Scarlett O'Hara' which hit the number two spot.

There is also the quite beautiful 'The Old Man And The Sea' and 'Cindrella Jones' that Dusty Springfield released. Some of these songs are well worth checking out.

British soldiers? Hang on... Jerry composed two songs that ended up in the 1959 movie 'Idol on Parade' namely 'I've Waited So Long' and 'Idle on Parade'. Both of these were sung by Anthony Newley as the character Jeep Jackson in this army comedy directed by John Gilling.

Hmmm so what has David used or been inspired by for this song? Obviously we'll just have to wait and I for one can't wait.


WHERE ARE WE NOW? CHARTS AT NUMBER SIX
13th January 2013

David Bowie Where Are We Now? single DAVID BOWIE makes a showstopping return to the Official Singles Chart this week with WHERE ARE WE NOW? securing his first Top 10 hit in two decades.

According to the Official Charts Company, today David Bowie secures his first Top 10 in the Official Singles Chart for 20 years, with Where Are We Now? becoming his highest charting hit since Absolute Beginners reached Number 2 in 1986.

The single arrives in the Official Singles Chart today at Number 6, based on just five days' sales, after the single arrived suddenly, without warning on Tuesday morning (January 8) to coincide with the singer's 66th birthday, amid broad acclaim from critics and hardcore fans alike.

It is the first single from the chart legend's first new studio album since Reality in 2003, The Next Day, which marks the renewal of Bowie's long-term relationship with producer Tony Visconti, who also produced worked on a range of seminal albums with the singer, including The Man Who Sold The World, Low, "Heroes", Lodger, Young Americans, Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), Heathen and Reality.

The arrival of Where Are We Now? on Tuesday sparked off a media buzz which saw it get off to a flying start - but as the week progressed, sales have steadied. Initially, the single did not appear in the Official Singles Update on Wednesday owing to retail data reporting issues, but these issues have now been resolved. At no point was the single ineligible or disqualified, contrary to some earlier inaccurate media reports.

The release was linked to a pre-order promotion this week, through which fans who pre-order Bowie's forthcoming album The Next Day receive the single as an immediate "instant grat" download. UK chart rules that are agreed in committee with the UK music industry and retailers, currently state that these "instant grat" incentives cannot count towards the Official Singles Chart.

The Official Charts Company has worked through the past week to identify the number of purchases of Bowie's Where Are We Now? that were bought outright by fans (and not part of the pre-order bundle). This has now been achieved to ensure that all chart qualifying sales have counted towards today's chart position - and allow David Bowie to take his rightful place in the UK's Official Singles Chart.

As a result, the single has finished the week's race at Number 6, behind a range of contenders which all benefitted from a full seven days sales since the chart poll began last Sunday morning.

Martin Talbot, Managing Director of the Official Charts Company says: "It is great to see a great British musical icon such as David Bowie returning to the Official Singles Chart. He had has first Top 10 with Space Oddity in 1969 - so the fact he is still scoring chart hits more than 40 years later is quite remarkable. Welcome back, David."

[If you were wondering, chart anoraks, even if the "instant grat" tracks - which were delivered to fans as a preorder incentive - were counted towards the chart position, Where Are We Now? would still have fallen short of the Number 1 spot.]

By Lauren Kreisler @ officialcharts.com


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
13th January 2013

Congratulations to DAVID BOWIE - his new single 'Where Are We Now?' has entered the Official UK Chart at number 6...

The new single from DAVID BOWIE 'Where Are We Now?' is now also available as a digital download via amazon for a mere 89 pence and a different cover to the one on iTunes...

DAVID BOWIE's new album 'The Next Day' was recorded and mixed at The Magic Shop Recording Studio in New York City. The record was produced and mixed by Tony Visconti, engineered by Mario McNulty and Magic Shop engineer Brian Thorn...

There are DAVID BOWIE articles in the following UK Sunday newspapers... The Independent On Sunday... The Observer... Sunday Telegraph... Scotland On Sunday and The Sunday Express...

Published in the SUNDAY EXPRESS today is a lovely piece written by DAVID BOWIE fan KEVIN CANN - [Read here]...

In today's TELEGRAPH HERBIE FLOWERS: DAVID BOWIE's new single made me cry. Legendary bass player Herbie Flowers, who worked with David Bowie early in his career, says the star's new single is "unique" and has had a profound effect on him - [Watch video and Read here]...

Appearing in todays SUNDAY TELEGRAPH is another article entitled: 'David Bowie is healthy and may even sing in public again, says Tony Visconti' - [Read here]...

Published in THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY newspaper is an excellent piece with the director of DAVID BOWIE's 'Where Are We Now?' promo video TONY OURSLER entitled 'Tony Oursler: David Bowie's latest work is astounding. There's a level of detail and variety in it with the highest level of production'. The musicians friend had given up asking a long time ago whether a comeback was on the cards... and then he received a pleasant surprise - [Read here]...

Another DAVID BOWIE article... published in the SUNDAY OBSERVER today is 'Bowie's Berlin: 'A time of Sturm und Drang in the shadow of the Wall'. After the surprise release of the singer's first single in more than a decade, Kate Connolly walks in his footsteps around the city landmarks that inspired three great albums of the 1970s - as well as his latest elegy to the German capital - [Read here]...

There's a rather funny piece published in today's SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY newspaper entitled 'Loving the alien: Trust David Bowie dream up OAP chic' by Allan Brown - [Read here]...


TONY VISCONTI'S GUIDE IN THE TIMES
12th January 2013

There's another fascinating interview with TONY VISCONTI in today's edition of THE TIMES newspaper.

It features a track breakdown and is very much worth buying for that alone. Summarisation of a few of Visconti's key points...

1. There may be another single out before the album is released.
2. Based on the track breakdown the album will solely consist of original material - there are no covers.
3. The songs cover a wide spread of subjects and are very much observational - many are focused on the mind-sets of disparate individuals.
4. Gail Ann Dorsey shares the vocals with Bowie on 'If You Can See Me'.
5. Bowie has ruled out ever giving an interview again - Visconti agreed with the suggestion that he is now Bowie's 'voice on earth.'

A preview of Tony Visconti spills the beans on cocaine, AA and sushi with David Bowie @ thetimes.co.uk

Thanks to NonSuch42 for the heads up.


THE MAN WHO CHARMED THE WORLD
12th January 2013

David Bowie - Face to Face with The Man Who Charmed the World DVD The BIO CHANNEL have their DAVID BOWIE documentary 'Face to Face with The Man Who Charmed the World' all scheduled for a DVD release next month on Monday 11th February from the History Channel Studio.

From Major Tom to Ziggy Stardust, these are the many faces of David Bowie.

Master of musical and artistic reinvention, movie actor, and accomplished visual artist, David Bowie has few peers in the music scene capable of matching his breadth of talents.

With more than 20 albums to his name, he has performed as a solo artist and as a member of more than ten groups and has sold 140 million copies worldwide.

His personal musical journey of nearly fifty years ranges from psychedelic to glam rock, soul, R & B and electronic with collaborators running the gamut from Lou Reed to Bing Crosby.

This concise biography takes us through Bowie's history, with contributions from many of his friends and peers.

       Format: PAL
       Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe)
       Number of discs: 1
       Classification: Exempt
       Studio: History Channel
       DVD Release Date: 11th Feb 2013
       Run Time: 43 minutes

You can pre-order David Bowie - Face to Face with The Man Who Charmed the World [DVD] NOW.


'THE NEXT DAY' WORLDWIDE CHARTS
11th January 2013

The worldwide iTunes Album chart positions for pre-orders of DAVID BOWIE's new album 'The Next Day' to be released in March are as follows:

#1 in 19 countries, #2 in 5 countries, #3 in 4 countries.
Top 10 in 37 countries, Top 20 in 41 counties, Top 40 in 45 counties.

#1 in UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Chile, Latvia, Luxembourg.

#2 in Cyprus, Finland, Netherlands, Slovenia, Switzerland.

#3 in Brazil, Canada, Estonia, Japan. #4 in Norway. #5 in Hong Kong, Mexico, New Zealand, Slovakia. #6 in USA, Lithuania. #7 in Australia. #8 in Singapore.

To view the chart positions in 50 countries visit here on the BW MB.

The single 'Where Are We Now' is currently the sixth highest downloaded single in the Worldwide iTunes Song Chart which represents 57 counties.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
11th January 2013

Spiders From Mars drummer MICK 'WOODY' WOODMANSEY praises Bowie's new single 'Where Are We Now?' "I'm glad he's still doing it and he still has a lot to offer," says Mick. "Bowie has always been good at re-inventing himself and I believe he's a genius." Read the whole [interview here]...

TONY VISCONTI features in an in-depth interview in next weeks New Musical Express. The magazine hits the shelves on Wednesday 19th January. In the interview Tony reveals all the inside information on David's two-year long recording process for the album - including details of all the key tracks. In it, Visconti reveals that the singer is insistent there won't be any future live shows. When asked if there was any talk in the studio with the band of how the tracks would sound live, Visconti replied: "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." - [Read here]...

Check out a candid conversation with TONY VISCONTI on The Hollywood Reporter website. Tony sheds light on his work with DAVID BOWIE...

TONY VISCONTI has done a Q&A with Billboard about the new DAVID BOWIE album - [Read here]...

UK funny man HARRY HILL who is a huge DAVID BOWIE fan has spoofed the video for Where Are We Now? - [View here]...

Multimedia and installation artist TONY OURSLER who directed the promo film for the DAVID BOWIE single Where Are We Now? - shot over two days in his New York Studio - you maybe interested to watch the video below about his studio...



As you know David has worked with Tony many times over years - if you are not familiar check out tonyoursler.com for more background on his excellent work...


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
10th January 2013

Updated: The musicians who perform on DAVID BOWIE's new album 'The Next Day' are: David Bowie (vocals, acoustic guitar, keyboards, string arrangements, producer), Tony Visconti (producer, guitar, bass, recorder, string arrangements), Earl Slick (guitar), Gerry Leonard (guitar), David Torn (guitar), Gail Ann Dorsey (bass guitar, backing vocals), Tony Levin (bass), Zachary Alford (drums), Sterling Campbell (drums), Alex Alexander (drums), Henry Hey (piano), Steve Elson (baritone saxophone, contrabass clarinet), Janice Pendarvis (backing vocals), Alex Alexander (drums) and Antoine Silverman (violin), (and his string quartet) Maxim Moston, Hiroko Taguchi and Anja Wood...

The musicians who appear on the single 'Where Are We Now?' are: DAVID BOWIE (vocals, piano/strings), Gerry Leonard (guitar), Zachary Alford (drums), Tony Levin (bass), Henry Hey (additional piano) and Tony Visconti (keyboard strings)...

Guitarist EARL SLICK has done an exclusive interview with Ultimate Classic Rock where he reveals details about the new DAVID BOWIE album. Earl recorded his guitar parts in Summer 2012 - [Read here]...

Make sure that you read DAVID BOWIE: The Return Of The Thin White Hope' by Chris Roberts over on The Quietus - the best piece I've read in ages - [Read here]...

On tonight's THIS WEEK TV programme on BBC ONE there was a DAVID BOWIE piece about his new release done by Andrew Neil and Michael Portillo complete with silly graphics. Well worth watching for a laugh on the iPlayer...

After initial reports yesterday that DAVID BOWIE's new single 'Where Are We Now?' won't appear in the official UK Charts because of certain rules it looks like these have now been changed and it will now feature in Sunday chart...

If you want to follow the chart download position progress of the new DAVID BOWIE single 'Where Are We Now?' on UK iTunes - [click here]...

The soon-to-be released new DAVID BOWIE album 'The Next Day' is currently in NUMBER ONE position on the iTunes UK download chart and NUMER ONE in around 20 other countries! - [click here]...

Long time DAVID BOWIE fan and long time DJ Supercrunk has created something that they would like to share it with the world. He's spent the last few months working on a David Bowie inspired mash-up album entitled I HEART BOWIE. You can download it for free from IHeartBowieProject.com - It features 10 David Bowie songs sampled and remixed with hip-hop artists. Check out the video on YouTube...


'DAVID BOWIE IS' SPECIAL EDITION
10th January 2013

There is to be a Signed Collector's Special Edition of DAVID BOWIE IS published by the Victoria and Albert Museum.

This spectacular book is the first ever produced with full access to the David Bowie archive. It showcases his performance costume, ephemera and original artwork by the artist. All brought together to present a completely new perspective on his creative work and collaborations. The book traces his career from its beginnings in London, through the breakthroughs of 'Space Oddity' and 'Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars', and on to his impact on the larger international tradition of twentieth-century avant-garde art.

The Collector's Special Edition will be clothbound and feature a lithographic print signed by David Bowie himself and bound into the book. Each edition will be numbered, cased in Perspex and handfinished. Only 500 copies will be printed.Priced at £395, 'David Bowie Is' Collector's Special Edition will be published on 23rd March.

They will have 300 copies available to pre-order online from January 2013. If you would like to register your interest early, please enter your details here and they will contact you when the Collector's Edition becomes available to pre-order to take your payment details.

The balance of stock will be released in-store and online in March 2013 as part of the launch of the exclusive product range to accompany the David Bowie is exhibition. As the Collector's Edition develops further details will be posted here.

If you have any questions please call Customer Service on 020 7942 2696 who will be happy to help.


BOWIE'S BACK WITH A BANG!
8th January 2013

David Bowie 2013 Well what a day it's been... After the announcement this morning at 5:00am of DAVID BOWIE's new single 'Where Are We Now?' and the album The Next Day to be released in March the worldwide news media has literally gone Bowie crazy.

Throughout the day radio stations have all been plugging the new single with multiple plays. All major TV news channels in the UK have reported on the release throughout the day, besides the BBC, ITV, Channel Four, Sky News and Channel 5, even Star Gazing on BBC 2 had presenter Dara O'Briain announcing the releases. Not only was David mentioned, my daughter's stop motion animation piece was used in the programme as well! David and my daughter on the same programme, what more could a father want?

Even I've had mulitiple requests from TV and radio stations all day for interviews and quotes - sorry that ain't my thing.

Album producer TONY VISCONTI admitted to the BBC that keeping the project a secret has been difficult. "People have asked what I've been working on and I've said 'I can't tell you... a mystery project... Project X,' so it's such a relief that its out on that level."

Visconti continued: "The material is so strong and beautiful - if people are looking for classic Bowie they'll find that on this album, but if they're looking for innovative Bowie, they'll find that on this album too. It's all there."

After the rumours about his "ill health" and supposed "retirement" Visconti insisted the singer "is extremely healthy and rosy cheeked. His stamina is fantastic," he added.

Tony also gave some insights into the sessions for forthcoming album The Next Day "We never spent more than two to three weeks at a time recording, then we might take off as much as two months," he said. "Usually we'd work on one or two songs in an afternoon, and whip them into shape so they'd sound like great rock tracks. At that part there won't be any final vocals, there won't be lyrics. That's the way I've been working with him since The Man Who Sold The World, he hasn't really changed in his approach."

Intriguingly, Visconti said he was as surprised as anyone else by Bowie's choice of track to make his return on his 66th birthday, and says that the album, when it arrives, is very diverse: "I think it's a very reflective track for David. He certainly is looking back on his Berlin period and it evokes this feeling... it's very melancholy, I think. It's 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 should come out with a bang. But he is a master of his own life. I think this was a very smart move, linking the past with the future, and I think the next thing you hear from him is going to be quite different."

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

David's film director son DUNCAN JONES tweeted: "Would be lovely if all of you could spread the word about da's new album. First in ten years, and it's a good 'un!"

Guitarist EARL SLICK who appears on the album tweeted: "been dying to tell you about this since the summer but they had me under gag order!"

Bass guitarist TONY LEVIN who performs on 'Where Are We Now?' tweeted: "Played on this some time ago and am thrilled it's just released."

Early this morning the new single was positioned at number 4 in the UK download charts, a few hours later BOTH the single and the album it hit the number ONE spot!

Bits and bats... 'The Next Day' album is to be released in Audio CD Deluxe Edition and Audio CD as well as on Vinyl [2 LPs] formats... The album cover is designed by Jonathan Barnbrook who also the single artwork and design for the new BowieNet website relaunch... The video for the single directed by Tony Oursler features his wife artist Jacqueline Humphries...

A selection of further reading from around the world:

The Guardian: David Bowie: back at the centre of the whole shebang by Jonathan Ross - [Read here]
BBC: David Bowie releases first single in a decade - [Read here]
The Guardian: David Bowie releases new song Where Are We Now? - video - [Read here]
Jonathan Barnbrook blog: David Bowie: The Next Day. That album cover design - [Read here]
The Quietus: Tony Visconti On New David Bowie Material - [Read here]
Channel Four: Bowie surprises fans with new song on his birthday - [Read here]
The Mirror: A Starman is reborn: Listen to David Bowie's first new song in a decade released on his 66th birthday - [Read here]
The Independent: David Bowie has gone from new to old - and what a beautiful thing it is - [Read here]
The Metro: David Bowie 6/1 to go straight to number one with new album The Next Day - [Read here]
The Independent: First Listen: David Bowie, Where Are We Now? - [Read here]
Gigwise: David Bowie's new single tops iTunes chart in under 12 hours - [Read here]
Los Angeles Times: David Bowie releases new song, 'Where Are We Now?,' teases album - [Read here]
The Guardian: David Bowie returns: Twitter responds - [Read here]
NME: Bookies slash odds on David Bowie's new album making UK Number One - [Read here]
ITV News: The return of David Bowie - [Read here]
Independent.ie: A 'vintage Bowie' tune from nowhere - [Read here]
The Daily Star: David Bowie marks birthday with new music - [Read here]
NME: David Bowie's comeback single rockets to Number One on iTunes - [Read here]
Toronto Star: David Bowie releases new song 'Where Are We Now?', his first in 10 years - [Read here]
NME: David Bowie, 'Where Are We Now?' - [Read here]
The New York Times: Hang On to Yourself: New Album Coming From David Bowie - [Read here]
The Mirror: It's so good to have you back: David Bowie's new single brings outpouring of Twitter love - [Read here]
London Evening Standard: Where are we now? Fans' joy as David Bowie reveals first album in a decade - [Read here]
The Guardian: David Bowie to release new album, with surprise single out now - [Read here]

All three formats of 'The Next Day' album are available to pre-order NOW... Audio CD Deluxe Edition and Audio CD and the Vinyl Edition [2 LPs] - Let's get these ordered now so it hits the number one spot worldwide before its release in March.

(Ed. After a dozen or so hearings of the new single 'Where Are We Now?' I can quite categorically state that it is a masterpiece of work. I am not ashamed to admit that I had "something in my eye" several times whilst watching the video. Where Are We Now? is a beautiful, yearning and honest ballad, with a pure vulnerable feeling throughout. I cannot wait to listen to the full album to hear how everything fits in. Quite beautiful).


'THE NEXT DAY' ALBUM COVER
8th January 2013

The Next Day by David Bowie JONATHAN BARNBROOK who designed the forthcoming DAVID BOWIE album The Next Day to be released in March wrote in his blog today...

There has been much discussion surrounding the cover of the new David Bowie album 'The Next Day' so thought I would answer a few questions that people have asked about it.

- Why not a new image for the cover?
We wanted to do something different with it - very difficult in an area where everything has been done before - but we dare to think this is something new. Normally using an image from the past means, 'recycle' or 'greatest hits' but here we are referring to the title 'The Next Day'. The "Heroes" cover obscured by the white square is about the spirit of great pop or rock music which is 'of the moment', forgetting or obliterating the past.

However, we all know that this is never quite the case, no matter how much we try, we cannot break free from the past. When you are creative, it manifests itself in every way - it seeps out in every new mark you make (particularly in the case of an artist like Bowie). It always looms large and people will judge you always in relation to your history, no matter how much you try to escape it. The obscuring of an image from the past is also about the wider human condition; we move on relentlessly in our lives to the next day, leaving the past because we have no choice but to.

- Why "Heroes"?
If you are going to subvert an album by David Bowie there are many to choose from but this is one of his most revered, it had to be an image that would really jar if it were subverted in some way and we thought "Heroes" worked best on all counts. Also the new album is very contemplative and the "Heroes" cover matched this mood. The song 'Where Are We Now? is a comparison between Berlin when the wall fell and Berlin today. Most people know of Bowie's heritage in Berlin and we want people to think about the time when the original album was produced and now.

- Why the white square obscuring the image?
We worked on hundreds of designs using the concept of obscuring this cover but the strongest ones were the simplest - it had to be something that was in direct contrast to the image underneath but that wasn't too contrived (we know all design is contrived, that is the essence of the word 'design'). It would have been clearer to many people if we had scribbled all over the cover but that didn't have the detachment of intent necessary to express the melancholy of the songs on the album. Obscuring Bowie's image is also reference to his identity, not only in the past when he changed endlessly but that he has been absent from the music scene for the past ten years. Was this an act to hide his identity or that he has simply become more comfortable with it?

- Why is there no colour?
The title of the album 'The Next Day' evokes numerous reference points, notably Macbeth's speech 'Tomorrow, and tomorrow and tomorrow' which deals with the relentless onward push that any unnatural position of power requires. It also has the existential element of Waiting for Godot with waiting for The Next Day - these all seem to question the nature of existence so a monochrome palette seemed most appropriate to this feeling.

- Why didn't you do a logo, or new design of his name on the cover?
We wanted the cover to be as minimal and undesigned as possible, we felt the most elegant solution was to use the original one from "Heroes" and simply cross out the title of the old album. It has the detachment appropriate for the atmosphere of the new album.

- What is the font you used for the main title?
It is a new font that we are working on called Doctrine - this is the first major use of it. Doctrine will be released in the coming weeks at VirusFonts.

- What is Bowie like to work with?
He is quite a private person, so no need to say too much about him other than that he is a pleasure to work with. Very intelligent, funny, serious when he needs to be and generous in his thoughts and actions.

- Is there anything else you can add?
Yes, having said all this, we know it is only an album cover with a white square on it but often in design it can be a long journey to get at something quite simple which works and that simplicity can work on many levels - often the most simple ideas can be the most radical. We understand that many would have preferred a nice new picture of Bowie but we believed that would be far less interesting and not acknowledge many of the things we have tried to discuss by doing this design. Finally we would like to give David Bowie great credit, he simply did what he always does which is to go with a radical idea and that takes courage and intelligence. That is why we love his music and love working for him.

From © Jonathan Barnbrook (8th January 2013) virusfonts.com


WHERE ARE WE NOW? LYRICS
8th January 2013

Where Are We Now? (David Bowie)

       Had to get the train
       From Potsdamer Platz
       You never knew that
       That I could do that
       Just walking the dead

       Sitting in the Dschungel
       On Nurnberger Strasse
       A man lost in time
       Near KaDeWe
       Just walking the dead

       Where are we now?
       Where are we now?
       The moment you know
       You know, you know

       Twenty thousand people
       Cross Bose Brucke
       Fingers are crossed
       Just in case
       Walking the dead

       Where are we now?
       Where are we now?
       The moment you know
       You know, you know

       As long as there's Sun
       As long as there's Sun
       As long as there's rain
       As long as there's rain
       As long as there's fire
       As long as there's fire
       As long as there's me
       As long as there's you


WHERE IS DAVID BOWIE?
8th January 2013

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: Where is David Bowie?

New Single and Pre-Order of First New Album in 10 Years Exclusively Launching on the iTunes Store Today.

New York, NY - January 8, 2013 - In the early morning hours of Tuesday the 8th January, ISO/Columbia Records released a new single by David Bowie titled 'Where Are We Now?' exclusively launching in the iTunes Store in 119 countries. David Bowie's first new album in ten years and his 30th studio recording, THE NEXT DAY is also available as a pre-order on iTunes with a worldwide release scheduled for March. January the 8th is of course David Bowie's birthday, a timely moment for such a treasure to appear as if out of nowhere.

Throwing shadows and avoiding the industry treadmill is very David Bowie despite his extraordinary track record that includes album sales in excess of 130 million not to mention his massive contributions in the area of art, fashion, style, sexual exploration and social commentary. It goes without saying that he has sold out stadiums and broken ticket records throughout the world during this most influential of careers.

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! 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.

Produced by long term collaborator Tony Visconti, 'Where Are We Now?' was written by Bowie, and was recorded in New York. The single is accompanied by a haunting video directed by Tony Oursler which harks back to David's time in Berlin. He is seen looking in on footage of the auto repair shop beneath the apartment he lived in along with stark images of the city at the time and a lyric constantly raising the question Where Are We Now?

"The moment you know, you know you know" resonates from the new single's lyric. Now we all know... David Bowie has been in the recording studio... just when we least expected it!!


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The Next Day tracklisting

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 Edition

       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.

All three formats of 'The Next Day' album are available to pre-order NOW... Audio CD Deluxe Edition and Audio CD and the Vinyl Edition [2 LPs]

From davidbowie.com


WHERE ARE WE NOW?
8th January 2013

DAVID BOWIE has released a brand new single today 'Where Are We Now?' [4:08] is available to download NOW for a mere $1.29.

Be sure to check out the video directed by Tony Oursler via vevo website.



The single is featured on his brand new album The Next Day which is scheduled for release in March.

The Next Day (Deluxe) version containing seventeen songs (three bonus tracks) is released on 8th March in Australia, 11th March Rest of the World and 12th March in the USA.

The full 17 tracklisting for the Deluxe Edition runs as follows:

       01. The Next Day.
       02. Dirty Boys.
       03. The Stars (Are Out Tonight).
       04. Love Is Lost.
       05. Where Are We Now?
       06. Valentine's Day.
       07. If You Can See Me.
       08. I'd Rather Be High.
       09. Boss Of Me.
       10. Dancing Out In Space.
       11. How Does The Grass Grow?
       12. (You Will) Set The World On Fire.
       13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die.
       14. Heat.
       15. So She
(Bonus Track).
       16. I'll Take You There
(Bonus Track).
       17. Plan
(Bonus Track).


The full 14 tracklisting for the Regular Version run as follows:

       01. The Next Day.
       02. Dirty Boys.
       03. The Stars (Are Out Tonight).
       04. Love Is Lost.
       05. Where Are We Now?
       06. Valentine's Day.
       07. If You Can See Me.
       08. I'd Rather Be High.
       09. Boss Of Me.
       10. Dancing Out In Space.
       11. How Does The Grass Grow?
       12. (You Will) Set The World On Fire.
       13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die.
       14. Heat.

The official website has also now relaunched at davidbowie.com go check it out now!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO DAVID
Happy 66th Birthday David 8th January 2013

To David
Wishing you a Very Happy 66th Birthday
Have a really wonderful day

Best wishes and love from
everyone here at Wonderworld xxx


OTHER BIRTHDAY WISHES...
8th January 2013

Besides our DAVID, other famous and well known people also born on the 8th January include...

Elvis Presley (singer/actor), Ron Moody (actor), Larry Storch (actor/comedian), Soupy Sales (aka Milton Hinkes) (comedian and father of Tony and Hunt Sales of Tin Machine), Graham Chapman (comedian), Charles Osgood (CBS TV newsman/host/author), Shirley Bassey (singer), Cristy Lane (singer), William Henry Hartnell (actor, the first Doctor Who), Robby Krieger (musician), R. Kelly (singer), Mike Reno (singer), Paul Dresher (composer), Paul King (musician), Jeff Abercrombie (musician), Terry Sylvester (musician), Paul Hester (musician), Stephen Hawking (professor, astrophysicist, author), Amanda Burton (actress), Gil Grand (musician), Ami Dolenz (actress), Amber Benson (actress), Yvette Mimieux (actress), Thelma 'Butterfly' McQueen (actress), Simone De Beauvoir (writer), Evelyn Wood (reading teacher), Gypsy Rose Lee (burlesque entertainer), Bill Graham (concert promoter), Wilkie Collins (author), Frank Doubleday (publisher), Sir Frank Dyson (scientist), Lee Jackson (musician), Vladimir Feltsman (Russian pianist), Little Anthony aka Anthony Gourdine (singer), Ted McDougall (footballer), Michael Ridley (cricketer), Harriet Sansom Harris (actress), Sean Paul (musician), Karen Poole (musician), Jenny Lewis (actress), Richard Cromwell (actor), Jose Ferrer (actor/director), Sam Riley (actor), Ryan Frances (actor), Roy Kinnear (actor), John McTiernan (director), Scott Whyte (actor), Sander Vanocur (broadcaster), Joan Rivers (comedian), Maria Pitillo (actress), Sarah Polley (actress), Loretta Lee (actress), Gabby Hoffman (actress), Maria Pitillo (actress), Brad Snyder (shot putter), Kent Jones (golfer), Virgil Hill (boxer), Vyacheslav Dmitriyevich Zudov (USSR cosmonaut), Terry Brooks (author), Antai Ribari (composer), Serge Poliakoff (Russian/French painter/guitarist), Queen Marie of Yugoslavia, Bronislava Nijinska (ballet choreographer), Storm Jameson (novelist), Frank Nelson Doubleday (publisher), William Wallace Gilchrist (composer), Fannie M. Jackson (pioneer and educator), Lawrence Alma Tadema (Dutch/British painter), David Silva (footballer), Nicolas Coustou (French sculptor) and Henry V (Roman German king/emperor).

It's also BowieWonderworld's birthday - now sixteen years online! Thanks to everyone who supports the site - it is really appreciated :)


'DAVID BOWIE IS' SNEAK PREVIEW
5th January 2013

David Bowie Is by Victoria Broakes and Geoffrey Marsh Fancy a sneak preview of the forthcoming Victoria and Albert DAVID BOWIE IS publication?...

CLICK HERE to view thirty-three pdf pages via the ISSUU website.

As you must be well aware by now The V&A are publishing the book to coincide with their upcoming exhibition in March.

'David Bowie Is' by Victoria Broakes and Geoffrey Marsh will be available in both deluxe hardcover and paperback versions on 4th March.

You can now pre-order both versions and receive 10% and 15% discounts respectively.


GAME CHANGER
5th January 2013

Computer games developer PHIL CAMPBELL is interviewed by The Irish Times and talks about working with DAVID BOWIE on Omikron: The Nomad Soul...

"When we started working on Omikron that was really the first open world game, it just wasn't half as good as when Grand Theft Auto 3 came out. It was an honourable failure. It was the game of the year in France and all the esoteric countries. Over in Britain, even with Bowie, Bowie wasn't a draw then."

David Bowie wrote music for Omikron and eventually ended up playing two characters in the game ("It was like, 'Where can we put Bowie in?'" Campbell says, because he and Cage liked him so much). He and Bowie spent two weeks in Paris, nine to five, working together, with Bowie bumming cigarettes from him and eventually stealing his lighter. Iman also ended up as a character in the game. Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, dropped in. "It was the best experience of my life. You start off in awe, but the barriers break down over time."

You can read the whole interview here on the Irish Times website.


AND THE BITS FLEW FAR AND WIDE...
3rd January 2013

DAVID BOWIE appears on the front and back cover of the latest V&A Spring 2013 books catalogue. Inside there are two-pages detailing the forthcoming publication 'David Bowie Is' - [View here] - thanks to Brendan M for the pointer...

The Official Charts Company have placed DAVID BOWIE in second place for the biggest selling vinyl album of 2012 with the re-release of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars for its 40th anniversary. Figures released by the BPI state that sales of vinyl grew for the fifth successive year with a total of 389,000 LPs sold last year - an increase of 15.3% from 2011. Top spot went to The xx for their Coexist album - [Read here]...

Guitarist PETER FRAMPTON talks in an interview about how his Bromley Tech school mate DAVID BOWIE helped get his career back on track - [Read here]...

Over in Canada this month DON'T TOUCH THAT DIAL will be hosting its second annual DAVID BOWIE tribute night held yearly in Toronto on his birthday. 'I Can't Believe It's Not Bowie' will be happening at Cherry Cola's Rock N' Rolla Cabaret Lounge at 200 Bathurst St in Toronto, Ontario on 8th January at 9pm. $7 at the door, $5 if you are in costume. They have 3 bands playing for the evening - Paint, New Positions, Nicholas Doubleyou and The B Squad and a dance party continuuing on after midnight. They will also feature a special burlesque number from Esther DeVille. More details and information can be found on events page via Facebook...

Check out the album cover of 'Til I Hear You Talkin' by ADAM FRANKLIN released on the Waxy Records label last month. Adam says he couldn't resist it, what with it being 40 years old this year - [View here]...

DAVID BOWIE tribute act POP-UP BOWIE (Paul Anthony) has produced his version of 'China Girl'. You can check out a tribute video with live vocals, but the visuals are shot in his home studio using 'green screen' and edited on imovie - [View here]...


SPEED OF LIFE 2013: STARDUST IN HOLLAND
1st January 2013

Last January DAVID BOWIE International Fanclub The Voyeur and the band ECHO BOWIE celebrated David Bowie's 65th birthday with fans from all over Europe. In the beautiful concert hall P60 (in Holland) with Antoine Loogman's photo exhibition, TV Queen Bitch's DJ killer set and Echo Bowie's 'Speed Of Life - David Bowie 65' show, the crowd was generously treated on an overwhelming Bowie Birthday Bash. This urged for an encore...

On January 5th Echo Bowie will celebrate Bowie's 66th birthday in the same great venue and commemorate Ziggy's fall to earth - some 40 years ago - by playing ALL of the Ziggy Stardust album.

The other part of the show will consist of songs from all over Bowie's career. From Space Oddity to "Heroes" and from China Girl to Hallo Spaceboy.

DJ Hans Vandenburg aka DJ LookaLaika (singer in the legendary Dutch band Gruppo Sportivo) will spin many Bowie releated records before and after Echo Bowie's show.

January 5th will be a date to celebrate your favourite artist's music, 40 years of ground-breaking music and meet up with Bowie friends from all over the world.

Check out the event on Facebook - Tickets available here

More information at echobowie.com and facebook.com/echobowie


DAVID BOWIE: A LIFE IN PICTURES
1st January 2013

David Bowie: A Life In Pictures Currently in the pipeline is DAVID BOWIE: A LIFE IN PICTURES by author Chris Welch. This 160-page hardcover book is scheduled for publication on 11th April 2013 by Carlton Books Ltd.

Synopsis: David Bowie is the international figure all starry-eyed hopefuls aspire to when setting out on a path to fame and fortune in the music industry - whether they know it or not. The man had a glittering career fuelled by the spirit of reinvention - he left over 20 albums in his wake - and was as colourful musically as he was dressed. If a picture says a thousand words, this book ranks as the definitive manual on how to leave a lasting legacy in the art scene.

You can pre-order David Bowie: A Life In Pictures and receive a massive 36% guaranteed discount.


GOLDEN YEARS 1970-1980
1st January 2013

I believe ROGER GRIFFIN in Australia has just sent his final draft of his forthcoming book BOWIE GOLDEN YEARS 1970-1980 to his publishers Ominbus Press - scheduled for publication on 30th June 2013.

Synopsis: David Bowie's career is defined by the 70s, his golden years. This book chronicles Bowie's creative life during that decade in a year by year, month by month, day by day format, placing his works in their historical, personal and creative contexts. Every live performance: when and where and who played with him. Every known recording: session details, who played on it, who produced it and release details. Every collaboration is also covered, including production and guest appearances. Film, stage and television appearances: Bowie brought his theatrical training into every performance and created a new form of rock spectacle. Follows Bowie on his journeys across the countries that fired his imagination and inspired his greatest work. A detailed illustrated discography documenting every Bowie recording during this period, including tracks he left in the vault. Many of these ended up on reissues and compilations, which are covered comprehensively - an invaluable reference work.

Roger Griffin is a graphic designer, artist and music researcher. He has authored several music websites since 2000 including bowiegoldenyears.com - having followed Bowie's career ever since hearing him in 1973.

You can now pre-order David Bowie: The Golden Years NOW and receive a guaranteed discount of 36%.


DAVID BOWIE IS... PUBLICATION
1st January 2013

David Bowie Is by Victoria Broakes and Geoffrey Marsh The V&A are publishing a DAVID BOWIE companion book to coincide with their upcoming exhibition this year.

'David Bowie Is' by Victoria Broakes and Geoffrey Marsh is available in a deluxe hardcover version on 23rd March.

Synopis: David Bowie is a pioneering artist and performer whose career has spanned nearly 50 years and brought him international acclaim. He has sold over 140 million albums, and been cited as a major influence on contemporary artists and designers working across the creative arts. This is the first book produced with access to the David Bowie archive of performance costume, ephemera and original artwork by the artist, which is brought together to present a completely new perspective on his creative work and collaborations.

The book traces his career from its beginnings in London, through the breakthroughs of Space Oddity and Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and on to his impact on the larger international tradition of twentieth-century avant-garde art. Essays by V&A curators on Bowie's London, image, and influence on the fashion world, are complemented by Christopher Frayling, Mark Kermode and Philip Hoare on film; Howard Goodall on musicology; Camille Paglia on gender and decadence; and Jon Savage on Bowie's relationship with William Burroughs and his fans.

You can now pre-order the Deluxe Hardback version and receive a massive 45% discount!


DAVID BOWIE IS... AT THE V&A
1st January 2013

The V&A have announced full details of the forthcoming DAVID BOWIE exhibition to be held in London this year...

David Bowie is Exhibition at the Victorian & Albert Museum David Bowie Is: About the Exhibition.

The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie - one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times. David Bowie is will explore the creative processes of Bowie as a musical innovator and cultural icon, tracing his shifting style and sustained reinvention across five decades.

The V&A's Theatre and Performance curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh have selected more than 300 objects that will be brought together for the very first time. They include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music videos, set designs, Bowie's own instruments and album artwork.

The exhibition will explore the broad range of Bowie's collaborations with artists and designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre, art and film. On display will be more than 300 objects including Ziggy Stardust bodysuits (1972) designed by Freddie Burretti, photography by Brian Duffy; album sleeve artwork by Guy Peellaert and Edward Bell; visual excerpts from films and live performances including The Man Who Fell to Earth, music videos such as Boys Keep Swinging and set designs created for the Diamond Dogs tour (1974). Alongside these will be more personal items such as never-before-seen storyboards, handwritten set lists and lyrics as well as some of Bowie's own sketches, musical scores and diary entries, revealing the evolution of his creative ideas.

       What: David Bowie Is.
       When: Saturday 23rd March until Saturday 28th July.
       Where: Victoria & Albert, Exhibition Space Two, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL.

In partnership with Gucci. Sound Experience by Sennheiser.

David Bowie is: Visitor and Ticket Information.

BOOKING INFORMATION:

Timed tickets are in operation. Advance booking is strongly recommended.

Free to V&A Members.

Book online
Prices:
£15.50 Full (including donation*).
£12.50 Senior citizens (including donation*).
£14.00 Full.
£11.00 Senior citizens.
£9.00 Full-time students, 12-17 year olds, ES40 holders, disabled people.
£23.00/£37.00 Family tickets (1 adult & 2 12-17 year olds / 2 adults & 2 12-17 year olds).
Plus £1 handling charge per transaction.

*If you donate a minimum of 10% on top of your ticket price and are a UK tax payer, the Gift Aid scheme means we can claim back the tax you have already paid on the earnings used to buy the ticket. This means we can claim an additional 25p for every £1 you give us - vital support for our work.

Book in person at the V&A: Prices as above. No handling charge or booking fee.

Book by phone: +44 [0]20 7907 7073 (more than 48 hours prior to visit only).

Prices:
£17.30 Full (including donation*).
£14.10 Senior citizens (including donation*).
£10.60 Full-time students, 12-17 year olds, ES40 holders, disabled people.
£26.20 Family of 3 (one adult & two 12-17-year-olds).
£40.70 Family of 4 (two adults & two 12-17-year-olds).
Includes booking fee per ticket.

Free tickets and member rates: Free to under-12s, carers accompanying disabled people, V&A Members and Patrons, ICOM / Museum Association card holders, Blue Badge Guides, American and International Friends of the V&A. Half-price tickets for Art Fund and D&AD members.

Groups (10+ visitors): 10% discount. Call +44 [0]20 7942 2211 to book. Special talks and tours are available to complement the exhibition. Call +44[0]20 7942 2211 or email bookings.office@vam.ac.uk

Educational Groups (10+ visitors): Admission is £2 per person for school, college and university groups booking at least 10 days in advance. Call +44 [0]20 7942 2211 to book (all pre-bookings are timed entry).

Community Groups (10+ visitors): Admission is free to community groups booking at least 10 days in advance. Call +44 [0]20 7942 2211 to book (all pre-bookings are timed entry).

Visitor Information. Exhibition opening times:
23rd March until 28th July 2013.
Daily 10:00-17:30 [last ticket sold 16:45, last entry 17:00].
Friday 10:00-21:30 [last ticket sold 20:45, last entry 21:00].
Exhibition closes 15 minutes prior to the Museum closing.

Late night opening: The V&A is open late every Friday - why not take this opportunity to visit David Bowie is, meet friends and have a drink in our cafe-bar.

London Underground: The Museum is a 5-minute walk from South Kensington London Underground station (Piccadilly, Circle and District Lines) and a 10-minute walk from Knightsbridge London Underground station (Piccadilly Line).

Buses: The C1, 14, 74 and 414 stop outside the Cromwell Road entrance. The Open Tour stop outside the Museum as part of their Double Decker Bus sightseeing tour of London.

Access: There is full access to the galleries. We have a wide range of services for disabled visitors. Call +44 [0]20 7942 2766 or textphone +44 [0]20 7942 2002 for details. For more information on access, see V&A Disability Information

Photography: We are not able to allow photography in the temporary exhibitions due to copyright restrictions.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW. For more details and information visit the vam.ac.uk website.


HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 TO EVERYONE!
1st January 2013

Happy New Year 2013 HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013 TO EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE

I hope you all receive everything you ever wish for

Very Best Wishes from Paul (aka Rednik)






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