Great news for David Bowie, his new album “The Next Day” has reached number 1 in 14 countries on the day of release. These number are likely to double or triple in the comig days with the album being released in many more places on a daily basis.
Meanwhile, Easter will be heaven for David Bowie fans this year. In the week that an extensive Bowie retrospective at the V&A opens, the music station will dedicate a series of programmes to the singer from Friday 25 to Sunday 31 March.
The coverage will focus on Bowie’s Berlin phase between 1976 and 1979. Presenters including Adam Buxton, Marc Riley and Cerys Matthews will be contributing to the coverage and Bowie’s live Paris Theatre concert from 1971 will be broadcast in full.
Buxton will explore the BBC archive for interviews with Bowie, and focus on some which have not been heard for over 30 years. The comedian and Bowie fan will broadcast his show between 4 and 6pm on Sunday 31 March.
Most of the radio station’s coverage on the Sunday will be devoted to Bowie, with the first programme in the series beginning at 3am. The hour long slot will feature a full recording of his Paris Theatre gig, which has only been broadcast twice in full – both times in 1971.
As part of the line-up, singer Matthews will present a two hour programme about the V&A’s Bowie show. Matthews will tour round the exhibition, which is a retrospective of the singer’s career.
6 Music presenter Riley cites the singer as a huge influence on his life: “It was June 15th 1972 that David Bowie changed my life. Performing Starman on a kids TV programme called Lift Off three weeks before his legendary appearance on Top of the Pops.”
On Monday 25 the presenter will be revisiting interviews from 2004 with record producer Tony Visconti and Ken Scott, photographer Mick Rock and Bowie’s bandmate Bob Soley. Riley will also play tracks from a Radio 1 session Bowie recorded with him in BBC Maida Vale studios in 2000.
Radio 2 will also be involved in the extensive Bowie coverage, timed as the Bowie exhibition at the V&A opens on March 23, and will play out-takes of some of the singer’s best appearances on the station.
BBC Two have also announced they will broadcast a feature length profile on Bowie. David Bowie – Five Years will look at five important years within the singer’s career. The documentary will focus on 1971, 1975, 1977, 1980 and 1983.
The film will feature unseen archive footage of Bowie as well as interviews with six key musicians, who worked on his latest album.
Bowie released his first demo 50 years ago this year, while 30 years ago he released his best selling album Let’s Dance. It was 11 years ago that the singer stopped touring after suffering a heart attack backstage.
The singer’s new album The Next Day will be released March 11 and has received widespread critical acclaim.