by Sean Michaels / Guardian
18th February 2013
The Stars (Are Out Tonight) will be Bowie’s second single in a decade, as he also revealed the artwork and tracklisting for his forthcoming album The Next Day
David Bowie has quietly announced a new single, his second in 10 years. The Stars (Are Out Tonight) will be released on Tuesday 26 February, two weeks before his highly anticipated album, The Next Day.
Bowie unveiled the single’s title and release date on his website. As with the cover of The Next Day, minimalism is the order of the day for the artwork: it’s a monochrome photograph of a sculpted bust, with plain white text. Although some fans have guessed that it portrays Bowie himself, it’s actually sculptor Al Farrow’s 1990 rendering of the painter Egon Schiele.
As Bowie’s style retrospective gets underway at the V&A museum, his label has also started revealing smaller details of The Next Day. We now have separate release dates for every territory – 11 March in the UK – and information on the album’s three release formats. In addition to the standard CD, vinyl and digital versions, there will be a deluxe edition, with three bonus tracks, and a special Japanese Blu-Spec, with four extra songs. Bowie has also divulged The Next Day’s tracklist, which includes songs such as Dirty Boys, I’d Rather Be High and You Feel So Lonely You Could Die.
These songs will be put into context with a new feature film, David Bowie – Five Years, which BBC2 will air in May. As well as touching on the making of The Next Day, the documentary examines five important years in the singer’s life: 1971, 1975, 1977, 1980 and 1983. “This is a project that has been in development for more than a decade,” director Francis Whately said.
As reported earlier this month, Bowie is also the subject of a proposed film by Gabriel Range. Now in pre-production, the biopic will centre on Bowie’s friendship with Iggy Pop during the late 70s, when they were living in Berlin. Lust for Life is an English-German co-production.
The Next Day tracklist:
01. The Next Day
02. Dirty Boys
03. The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
04. Love Is Lost
05. Where Are We Now?
06. Valentine’s Day
07. If You Can See Me
08. I’d Rather Be High
09. Boss of Me
10. Dancing Out in Space
11. How Does the Grass Grow
12. (You Will) Set the World on Fire
13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die
15. So She (bonus track)
16. I’ll Take You There (bonus track)
17. Plan (bonus track)