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David Bowie has announced his new album, Blackstar, will be released on his 69th birthday on January 8, 2016.

David Bowie made the announcement on his official website and Facebook page, adding that Blackstar will also be the title of his forthcoming single.

The singer said the single, released on November 20, will not be part of his theatre piece Lazarus.

Blackstar will follow-up 2013’s The Next Day.

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The Next Day was David Bowie’s first album release for a decade, and was announced on the singer’s 66th birthday.

David Bowie is yet to release details regarding the sound and content of the album, stating on Facebook that there had been inaccurate reporting on the subjects.

The singer has co-written Lazarus with Irish playwright Enda Walsh, the award-winning writer of the musical Once.

Lazarus is based on the 1976 sci-fi film starring David Bowie – The Man Who Fell to Earth – and is set to premiere at the New York Theatre Workshop in December.

David Bowie has confirmed he will not be appearing on stage in the play.


David Bowie is co-writing Lazarus, a stage show inspired by The Man Who Fell to Earth, the New York Theatre Workshop has announced.

Lazarus will feature new songs specially composed by David Bowie as well as new arrangements of his old songs.

The rock legend is working on the project with Irish playwright Enda Walsh, who won a Tony Award for the musical Once.

Lazarus is due to premiere in New York in the winter this year.

The stage show is inspired by 1963 novel The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis and centers on the character of Thomas Newton, played by David Bowie in the 1976 screen adaptation directed by Nicolas Roeg.David Bowie co-writes New York Theatre Workshop Lazarus

It will be directed by the Belgian Ivo van Hove.

Bowie is not expected to feature in the cast.

James C. Nicola, the artistic director of the New York Theatre Workshop, said the show had been in secret development for some years.

He told the New York Times: “It’s going to be a play with characters and songs – I’m calling it music theatre, but I don’t really know what it’s going to be like. I just have incredible trust in their creative vision.”

James C. Nicola said the show would not retell the story of the book and film, but would feature some of the same characters.

David Bowie surprised his fans in 2013 when he suddenly released a new single on his 66th birthday – followed by a new album – after a 10-year hiatus.

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