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Charting the Music: David Bowie, 'The Next Day'

Charting the Music: David Bowie, 'The Next Day' / Andrew Kent
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Leaving Ziggy Stardust and Major Tom long behind, David Bowie has released "The Next Day," his first studio album in a decade.

Secrecy has shrouded "The Next Day" including two years of sporadic recording. Marking his 24th studio release, David Bowie claims no interest in touring, but you never know what to expect from the Thin White Duke.

88.1 KDHX Chart Position: #3 CMJ Top 30 for the week of April 9, 2013.

Record label, release date and producer: ISO and Columbia Records released "The Next Day" on March 12, 2013; it was produced by David Bowie and Tony Visconti.

Can be heard on: Emotional Rescue with Cat Pick, Mystery Train with Tim Rakel and Gold Soundz with Chris Bay.

RIYL: Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Roxy Music.

Hometown: Brixton, UK.

Standout Tracks: "Where Are We Now?" welcomes longtime listeners and Bowie virgins alike, proving he is far from retired. Experience and observation reveal no new changes in life, even with new additions in "Love is Lost." "I'd Rather be High" is just one of Bowie's preferred activities over combat and war.

About the artist: David Robert Jones was born on January 8, 1947. His debut release, "David Bowie," was released in 1967, but didn't generate much commercial success. It wasn't until the release of his 1969 single, "Space Oddity," that he began to build a following. 1972's "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" propelled David Bowie into the international spotlight. Aside from music, he has dabbled in painting, sculpting and acting; he can be seen in "Labyrinth," "The Prestige" and in 2009's "Bandslam."

About the producer: Brooklyn native Tony Visconti has a long history with David Bowie, having produced his self-titled debut in 1967 as well as many other Bowie records. From then on, he has been a busy man, fulfilling multiple rolls including mixing, engineering and working as a musician. Over the past four decades, he has also worked with Thin Lizzy, T. Rex, the Moody Blues and the Stranglers.

Album art: "Heroes," the second installation of Bowie/Eno's "Berlin Trilogy," serves as a background with a giant white square over Bowie's face, reading "The Next Day," along with word "Heroes" scratched out. While one may think the cover is mundane, the design stands out when placed in a row of countless albums. While we ponder the decisions of David Bowie, one must keep in mind that he's an artist we may never fully understand.

Awards and accolades: "The Next Day" conquered the number one slot on the "Top Digital Albums" and "Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums" charts, while peaking at No. 2 on "The Billboard 200," "Top Canadian Albums" and "Top Rock Albums" charts. The single "Where Are We Now?" peaked ninth on the "France Digital Songs," 20th on the "Rock Songs" and 21st on the "Japan Hot 100 Singles" Billboard charts.

What the critics say: "For the past decade, David Bowie has been content with remaining a mystery. After the release of 'Reality' in 2003, Bowie simply faded away, leaving many fans to wonder what had happened to him and if they'd ever hear from him again. Now is probably the perfect time for a comeback record anyway, but it was still surprising when Bowie unexpectedly announced his new album in January. After what seemed like an eternity of anticipation and leaked songs, we finally have 'The Next Day,' a strangely introspective album that rocks a lot harder than some of us expected Bowie could at this point in his career." Kevin Korber, Elmore Magazine.

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