On This Day In Music: David Bowie Receives Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

On February 12, 1997 David Bowie was inducted to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

Bowie sadly passed away on January 10 last year, just days after he celebrated his 69th birthday and released his 25th studio album, ‘Blackstar’.

Bowie had a career spanning four decades and was known for his innovative music and style, in particular his androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. He enjoyed an illustrious career right up until his death.

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On This Day In Music: Farewell David Bowie

On January 10, 2016 David Bowie died aged 69 following an 18 month battle with cancer. The legendary British artist and musician passed away just two days after his 69th birthday and release of his 25th studio album, ‘Blackstar’.

Bowie had a career spanning four decades and was known for his innovative music and style, in particular his androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and enjoyed an illustrious career right up until his death.

Two days ago, on what would have been the legendary British artist’s 70th birthday, a new EP, ‘No Plan’, was released. It contains three tracks written during the sessions for his final album and the record’s third track, Lazarus. Listen to the EP below and watch the video for the title track, directed by Tom Hingston, above.

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On This Day In Music: David Bowie Releases Final Album ‘Blackstar’

On January 8, 2016, his 69th birthday, David Bowie released his final album, ‘Blackstar’. The legendary British artist and musician sadly passed away two days later following an 18 month battle with cancer.

Bowie had a career spanning four decades and was known for his innovative music and style, in particular his androgynous alter ego Ziggy Stardust. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and enjoyed an illustrious career right up until his death.

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On This Day In Music: David Bowie Releases Changes

On January 7, 1972 David Bowie released the single Changes. A track taken from his fourth studio album, ‘Hunky Dory’.

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Staff Picks: Liam Turner

TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2016

The 1975 – ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’

‘I Like It When You Sleep…’ is an overproduced, overwrought and overindulgent mishmash of a thing. So, just how Matt Healey and co. have managed to take such inauspicious ingredients and turn them into the musical equivalent of a moreish Eton mess is all the more mind boggling. Indie-pop has never had it quite so good.

Bon Iver – ‘22, A Million’

Cryptic and convoluted, Bon Iver’s third full-length release may have lacked appeal on paper. However, on ‘22, A Million’ mainman Justin Vernon does what he does best by distilling raw human emotion into a delicate, finely crafted musical experience. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what the bloody hell he’s on about, only that you feel what it is that he’s saying.

Conor Oberst – ‘Ruminations’

Featuring just a guitar, harmonica, piano and, of course, Oberst’s voice, ‘Ruminations’ is easily one of the most sparse records of 2016. Such minimalism completely works in the record’s favour, though, as we are truly able to focus on the carefully-woven tales of heartbreak and tragedy that Oberst so plaintively tells. Sometimes the simplest music really is the best.

Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Love & Hate’

From the epic grandiosity of opener Cold Little Heart, you know you’re in for a treat with Kiwanuka’s second full-length LP. The album certainly doesn’t hold back in terms of its scope, with pretty much everything but the kitchen sink thrown in. But rather than its scale, its Kiwanuka’s increasing ability to blend sentiment with soul that truly sets ‘Love & Hate’ apart.

David Bowie – ‘Blackstar’

A swansong like no other, ‘Blackstar’ is Bowie’s final gift to the world.The record represents the singer’s unparalleled ability to turn even the most lamentable of circumstances into something worth celebrating, while simultaneously bookending what is an incredibly vast and varied body of work. An artist in the true sense of the word.

Honourable mentions: Radiohead – ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, Teleman – ‘Brilliant Sanity’, Metronomy – ‘Summer 08’, Green Day – ‘Revolution Radio’, C Duncan – ‘The Midnight Sun’.

TOP 5 SINGLES OF 2016

Francis and the Lights – Friends (feat. Bon Iver)

The 1975 – Somebody Else

Two Door Cinema Club – Bad Decisions

Warpaint – New Song

Christine and the Queens – Tilted

Honourable mentions: The xx – On Hold, VANT – PEACE & LOVE, Blossoms – Charlemagne, Mystery Jets – Bubblegum, Creeper – Suzanne

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This Week’s New Releases: Lady Gaga, Leonard Cohen And American Football

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This week thare are some huge names releasing new material. Lady Gaga has followed up her 2014 collaborative album with Tony Bennett, ‘Cheek To Cheek’, and 2013’s ‘Artpop’, Leonard Cohen has put out his fourteenth studio LP and American Football have released their first album in 17 years.

If none of that is your cup of tea then make sure you check out the rest of our pick of this week’s new releases below.

American Football – ‘American Football’ (Wichita/PIAS)

Crocodiles – ‘Dreamless’ (Zoo Music)

David Crosby – ‘Lighthouse’ (Decca)

Hooton Tennis Club – ‘Big Box Of Chocolates’ (Heavenly)

Jimmy Eat World – ‘Integrity Blues’ (RCA)

John K. Samson – ‘Winter Wheat’ (Anti-)

Korn – ‘The Serenity Of Suffering’ (Roadrunner Records)

Lady Gaga – ‘Joanne’ (Polydor)

Leonard Cohen – ‘You Want It Darker’ (Sony)

Melanie C – ‘Version Of Me’ (Red Girl)

NxWorries – ‘Yes Lawd!’ (Stones Throw)

Savoy Motel – ‘Savoy Motel’ (What’s Your Rupture)

Syd Arthur – ‘Apricity’ (Caroline)

Tanya Tagaq – ‘Retribution’ (Six Shooter Records)

Pretenders – ‘Alone’ (BMG)

The Pretty Reckless – ‘Who You Selling For’ (Virgin EMI)

The Radio Dept. – ‘Running Out Of Love’ (Labrador AB)

Spirit Club – ‘Slouch’ (Ghost Ramp)

Various Artists – ‘Lazarus: Original Cast Recording: Lazarus The Musical’ (Columbia)

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On This Day In Music: David Bowie Reaches #1 With ‘Black Tie White Noise’

On April 17, 1993 David Bowie reached #1 on the UK album chart with his eighteenth studio album, ‘Black Tie White Noise’.

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