David Bowie has confirmed he will release a new album on his 69th birthday.
“It can now be confirmed that ‘Blackstar’ is the forthcoming single and album from David Bowie,” a short statement on his website read.
After a source snitched early to London newspaper The Times that Bowie’s new release is “an album of long, jazzy jams” that is “completely bonkers” and the Thin White Duke’s “oddest” yet, Team Bowie fired back.
“Contrary to inaccurate reporting on the sound and content of the album, only the following can be confirmed: The single will be released on November 20th and is not part of David’s theatre piece ‘Lazarus,'” the official statement read.
“The album will be released on David’s birthday, January 8th 2016.”
Lazarus is a New York theatre piece that Bowie is co-writing, based on the 1976 cult film The Man Who Fell to Earth in which he starred.
While he was contractually barred from producing the music for the original film, the new stage production is set to feature new Bowie material and re-arranged classics.
Fans got their first taste of Bowie’s single “Blackstar” when a 1-minute clip of the song was revealed as the theme tune to new UK crime drama series The Last Panthers earlier this month.