MUSIC ICON DAVID BOWIE DIES OF CANCER AGED 69 0 161

Fans and fellow musicians are in mourning today following the announcement that iconic performer David Bowie has died aged 69.

An official statement which was shared via social media read:

“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

The news was then confirmed in a tweet by his son Duncan Jones.

Within minutes, social media sites, notably Twitter, were flooded with messages of condolence from some of the biggest music stars in the world.

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UK Prime Minister David Cameron also tweeted:

Ricky Gervais, who last night hosted the Golden Globes, posted:

David Bowie was soon the top trending topic on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Posting on his Facebook page, Placebo’s Brian Molko wrote a lengthy tribute to Bowie saying:

“Wherever you are now, I miss you. Not only do I miss you but my heart is broken. You were my idol, then you became my mentor and my friend…I learnt so much from you, just by being in your presence, the conversations we had and, of course, watching you perform. Float around the ether, David. Bounce gracefully off planets light-years away as you become one with the Universe, as you dive into the Great Unknown…Dear David, beautiful man and force of nature, you are immortal. You live beyond the veil of the big sleep.”

Brian Eno, who worked with Bowie on several of the singers’ albums including Low, Heroes and Lodger, upon hearing of the death of his good friend, released a statement which read:

“David’s death came as a complete surprise, as did nearly everything else about him. I feel a huge gap now. We knew each other for over 40 years, in a friendship that was always tinged by echoes of  comic characters Pete and Dud. Over the last few years – with him living in New York and me in London – our connection was by email. We signed off with invented names: some of his were Mr Showbiz, Milton Keynes, Rhoda Borrocks and the Duke of Ear. I received an email from him seven days ago. It was as funny as always, and as surreal, looping through word games and allusions and all the usual stuff we did. It ended with this sentence: ‘Thank you for our good times, Brian. they will never rot’. And it was signed ‘Dawn’. I realise now he was saying goodbye.”

Train stations across the British capital also remembered Bowie with their quote of the day:

Bowie’s ex-wife Angie, currently starring in the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother, was informed of his death off-camera but last night, fans of the show saw her break down in tears in the diary room, admitting:

“I haven’t seen him for so many years. I can’t make a big drama out of it. I just feel like an era has ended with his passing. I’m so very sad.”

As she was joined by house-mates David Gest and John Partidge, she bowed her head and said:

“Stardust is gone.”

Throughout the evening, thousands of fans gathered across the country to remember and celebrate their musical icon. Outside the Ritzy cinema in Brixton, “David Bowie, Our Brixton Boy RIP” replaced the names of the showing films while a mass sing-along of “Starman”, along with a number of other hits, was soon the talk of Twitter.

As the newspapers went to press, all of the UK editions featured Bowie on their front pages. Some of the most notable covers were those of the Guardian, The Independent and The Times.

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On January 12, Panic At The Disco, in tribute, said that all proceeds from the sale of merchandise at their London show that night would be donated to Cancer Research.

Bowie, whose birth name was David Robert Jones, was born in Brixton, South London. on January 8th, 1947. He released his first album in 1967, beginning a career which would span more than four decades.

As his fame grew and saw him create the alter-ego Ziggy Stardust, Bowie found it difficult to cope and a problem with drug addiction followed. When he re-emerged in the music world, he did so with a much more clean cut image and sound. “Let’s Dance” proved to be hugely successful, but it wasn’t the Bowie many had come to know and love. He went on to have a starring role in the 1986 film Labyrinth.

More recently, his much-loved and hotly anticipated live performances had become rarer and rarer, then, in 2013, an older and visibly frailer Bowie appeared in the video for “Where Are We Now?”

Bowie released his latest, and what would prove to be his last, album titled Blackstar on Friday, his 69th birthday. There is, somewhat eerily, a track on the collection titled Lazarus, which is about dying.

One of the lyrics is “I’ve got nothing left to lose” – that may be true, but for his fans around the world, they’ve lost an artist they loved who impacted and ultimately changed the music world forever.

 

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BLISSBLISS UNVEIL THE VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “I’M COMING THROUGH” 0 97

Following on from the huge success of previous single “No Apology”, which reached number 15 on the Billboard Dance Chart at the end of last year and was remixed by no fewer than 8 DJ’s, BlissBliss are back and once again ready and raring to share their hypnotic sound and story-telling capabilities with the world via new track “I’m Coming Through”, the video for which ThisIsTheLatest are delighted to premiere.

The duo, made up of Renee Bliss and Lang Bliss, have considerably varied tastes in music between them, but have successfully merged the many genres they like, including rock, pop, jazz and R&B, to create a sound that really is unique to who they are, both as individuals and as artists. Nowhere is this perhaps more apparent than on their new single; a second taster as to what fans can expect from their upcoming EP “3” which is out in November.

Asked about the video for “I’m Coming Through”, the duo said:

“We’re thrilled to be releasing our concept video for I’m Coming Through with This Is The Latest! It’s a throwback to old spy movie motifs in the look and feel and the director captured so well, what we had written in the lyric. We recorded the music in one take with the guys in the recording session and they captured perfectly as well, what we had envisioned for it. We love the way it turned out in the recording as well as the video!” 

Check out the video for “I’m Coming Through” below and for more information on BlissBliss, visit their website, give their page a like on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. Header photo credit: Jose Guzman Colon.

REVIEW: EMMA BLACKERY – VILLAINS 0 37

Having already channelled the events – and the highs and lows – of her life into her previous releases, 2012’s Human Behaviour, Distance, released in 2013, 2014’s Perfect, 2016’s Sucks To Be You and last years’ Magnetised, YouTube sensation and singer Emma Blackery has continued along a similar path with her first full length album titled Villains.

Opening with the atmospheric rhythm that accompanies “Villains Pt. 1”, the collection gets off to a positive start, assisted by the follow-up, album lead single “Dirt.” However it’s on “Agenda” that the collection really kicks into gear. A bold, sharp and ultimately uplifting pop anthem, the song brims with positivity, all of which stems from celebratory, self-confident lyrics such as “I’m confident, I know it scares ya, scares ya…Bye-bye, good riddance, the rules have been re-written” that are sure to inspire those who hear them, and encourage all those who do to be themselves and ignore or forget anyone who doesn’t like or accept them for who they are.

Addressing the issue of having someone in your life you’d love to call out and settle a score with, “Fake Friends” is one of those songs that will likely stick with any listener who identifies with the issue about which Emma is singing. It’s hugely positive and encouraging to find that the song ultimately ends with Emma deciding it’s best to move on, and this in itself could well inspire others in similar situations to let go of the stress of the matter and live their lives as fully and as happily as possible. “Icarus” is a surprisingly similar song, and once again sees Emma taking the high road and ultimately being the better person in the situation she’s addressing. If there are any two songs that sum up who and how Emma is today as an individual, I for one would go with these two.

Having always channelled her thoughts and feelings into her music, Emma appears somewhat reflective on “Third Eye,” written about how over the years, she’s come to know the signs of those who are ready to go or have gone up against her. Life, as we all know, is full of lessons and this song is Emma’s testament to how she’s learned them and in some cases, has learned them the hard way and now she’s more wary and aware of who and what to look for when it comes to those she surrounds herself with.

There’s an almost simmering and undeniable sadness to “What I Felt With You”, although the tempo and mood soon lifts again thanks to “Burn The Witch.” Closer “Villains Pt. 2″ features what can only be described as an explosive instrumental which is combined with lyrics including: “Am I kidding myself, blaming somebody else, I’m my own biggest villain,” that suggest Emma is continuing to look inside herself to address the thoughts and answer the questions that might be plaguing her.

Ultimately, Villains as a whole works as a strong showcase of just how far Emma Blackery has come since 2012, and having earned herself an impressive army of fans during those years, this collection could, and should, easily earn her a few more.