Apparently, 2013 is the year of comebacks in the music industry. Justin Timberlake, Jimi Hendrix and now David Bowie have made big news with the releases of new albums.
Bowie’s first album in nearly a decade, “The Next Day,” streamed on iTunes on March 8 and was released on March 12. It has quickly risen to the top of the charts, but has seen great success in Britain. Going straight to No. 1 upon release, it has sold 94,000 copies and is the fastest-selling album of 2013, the Official Charts Company said.
The album outsold the second highest new release, Bon Jovi’s “What About Now,” by an almost 2-1 ratio in the first week.
The 66-year-old has shied away from the spotlight after his last performance in 2006 and a heart attack in 2004. He surprised fans by premiering the first two singles from the album, “Where Are We Now?” and “The Stars (Are Out Tonight),” before it was released.
Critics have praised the 14-song album from almost every aspect, saying that he confronts an array of subjects and brings a new sound while still retaining that classic Bowie feel. It is full of emotion and nostalgic references to his iconic past.
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London will be showcasing an exhibit called “David Bowie Is” and it is the “first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie,” their website says.
It features a wide range of clothing, live footage and other memorabilia that explains the extreme influence Bowie has had in different aspects of everyday life. This exhibit has been the fastest-selling event at the museum and will run from March 23 until Aug. 11.
Whether you like David Bowie or not, he has had a huge impact on not only other music, but fashion, art, design and more, in the past and in the present.