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BOWIE'S STAR ASCENDING

While most in the music industry are only just awakening from their Christmas comas, legendary U.K. artist David Bowie is busily promoting his new album, Blackstar (stylized as ), which lands tomorrow (1/8) on his 69th birthday.

The project is helmed by Brits worldwide: licensed to Jason Iley's Sony in Blighty through RCA (led by Colin Barlow) and the U.K.-bred Rob Stringer via Columbia in the U.S., the set follows 2013’s surprise release The Next Day, which sold 94k in its first-week in the U.K., and 85k stateside.

If Blackstar has a chance of giving Bowie his 10th U.K. #1 album, it needs to beat Adele’s 25 (XL/Beggars), which sold 77k to claim its sixth week atop the Official Albums chart last week, and the Elvis blockbuster If I Can Dream (Sony Music CG), which was 6k sales behind Adele.

Promo for Blackstar so far has included the 11/20 release of its epic 10-minute title track, which featured as the opening music for TV series The Last Panthers. “Lazarus” was premiered on Steve Lamacq’s BBC Radio 6 Music show on 12/17 and available to download that same day. Its haunting video was released today; see for yourself…

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