David Bowie Promises 'More Music Soon'

12:54 PM PST 07/17/2014 by Lars Brandle, Billboard
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The legendary performer penned a statement that was read last Saturday in London to celebrate 50 years of his music.

When David Bowie last shared some new music, it came as a surprise to almost everyone. This time he’s giving a heads-up.

It’s been roughly 16 months since The Next Day (Iso/Columbia Records) crashed sales charts around the globe. Now, the Thin White Duke has hinted there will be “more music soon.”

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The legendary performer penned a statement that was read last Saturday to guests at the 12 Bar in central London, for a low-key event to celebrate 50 years of Bowie's music and to raise funds for the Terrance Higgins Trust.

The statement reads: “This city is even better than the one you were in last year, so remember to dance, dance, dance. And then sit down for a minute, knit something, then get up and run all over the place. Do it. Love on ya. More music soon. David."

According to the NME, a rep for Bowie has confirmed the statement’s authenticity.

Bowie has a career-long knack of keeping his fans guessing. Last year, the veteran singer delivered an unexpected present on his 66th birthday when he dropped a new single "Where Are We Now?" and announced news of his first album since "Reality" 10 years earlier.

The Next Day was recorded in secrecy, with longtime collaborator Tony Visconti assuming production duties. The album arrived at No. 1 in 15 countries, including the U.K. In the U.S., it opened at No. 2, his highest chart debut there. The set was nominated for Britain’s prestigious Mercury Prize, and Bowie won for best male artist at the BRIT Awards earlier this year. The elusive artist wasn’t in the room to accept the award; instead, model Kate Moss collected the trophy on his behalf, wearing one of Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust outfits.

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A three-disc collector’s edition, The Next Day Extra, with a handful of previously-unreleased tracks, was issued in November.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of “Liza Jane” — Bowie’s first single released as Davie Jones with the King Bees (he adopted the name Bowie to avoid confusion with the Monkees' British frontman Davy Jones).

This article originally appeared on Billboard.com. 

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