David Bowie

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Dying Bowie Swore Friends to Secrecy

On both his condition and his surprise albums

(Newser) - Few details are known about David Bowie's death Sunday—his family has not revealed where he died or even what type of cancer he had, and, as the New York Times reports, even some people who had been working closely with Bowie on his latest projects didn't know... More »

People Petition God: Bring Bowie Back

And don't miss the singalong in London

(Newser) - A Change.org petition may be futile, but that hasn't stopped hundreds from signing their names. The mission: Bring David Bowie back to life. Created by a fan in Rome, the petition begs God to "say no to David Bowie dead" and currently has some 1,200 supporters.... More »

Even David Bowie's Mugshot Was Epic

A look back at the star's 1976 arrest

(Newser) - David Bowie left behind quite a few iconic images, including this 1976 mugshot, deemed by BuzzFeed to be "the coolest mugshot of all time." Bowie was arrested at a hotel in downtown Rochester, NY, in March of that year after what would turn out to be his one... More »

Why David Bowie Mattered

He was a lifelong innovator, and not just in music

(Newser) - The fascinating life of David Bowie is providing all kinds of remembrances. Some related reading upon his death from cancer at age 69 :
  • He'd just released an album, Blackstar. Was he saying goodbye? A critic at the Guardian assesses.
  • Bowie also was a "mesmerizing" actor, and the Washington
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'Magic for a Lifetime': Bowie Tributes Pour In

'Check ignition and may God's love be with you'

(Newser) - Things are far from hunky-dory for millions of David Bowie fans who woke Monday to learn the beloved star has died at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. Tributes have poured in from across the world, with even the Vatican's culture minister paying his respects with... More »

David Bowie Dead at 69

Legendary star battled cancer for 18 months

(Newser) - David Bowie, the innovative and iconic singer whose illustrious career lasted five decades, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 69. Representative Steve Martin said early Monday that Bowie died peacefully and was surrounded by family. The statement read: "While many of you will share in this... More »

Why a Professor Is Living as David Bowie

It's research for an upcoming book on the pop icon, he says

(Newser) - How does one truly understand David Bowie? Only by becoming him, of course. That's just what Will Brooker is in the midst of doing. The film and cultural studies professor from Kingston University in England says he'll dress like Bowie, eat like Bowie, watch the same movies and... More »

How the Man Behind One of Pop's Most-Used Beats Died Homeless

The Winstons got no royalties as track was sampled by likes of Bowie, Salt-N-Pepa

(Newser) - In 1969, a band called the Winstons recorded a song whose name you probably don't know—even though there's a good chance you've heard about six seconds of it. "Amen, Brother" was an instrumental B-side to a Grammy-winning hit called "Color Him Father," and... More »

7 Musicians-Turned-Actors

You may have forgotten about some

(Newser) - Who says a celebrity can only do one thing? HLN rounds up 14 musicians who tried their hands at acting. A sampling:
  • Prince, Purple Rain
  • Mick Jagger, The Man From Elysian Fields
  • David Bowie, The Man Who Fell to Earth
  • Michael Jackson, The Wiz
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5 Left-Handed Celebrities

They're said to be more creative than righties

(Newser) - Left-handed people are said to be more creative than right-handed ones—so is it any surprise that these nine celebrities rounded up by Biography.com are lefties? A sampling:
  • Robert De Niro: Number of Academy Awards? Two.
  • Angelina Jolie: Also an Oscar winner.
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Can David Bowie Save a Dying Outback Town?

Carinda hopes to cash in on 1983 video

(Newser) - Carinda, the remote town in the Australian outback where David Bowie shot his 1983 comeback video, "Let's Dance," is not doing so well. Ten years of drought have driven many people out of the desert town, which now has a population of less than 40. But the... More »

ISS Commander Signs Off With Amazing 'Space Oddity' Cover

Social media star Chris Hadfield on his way home

(Newser) - After five months sitting in a tin can far above the world, International Space Station commander Chris Hadfield made a final addition to his series of space videos in the hours before his return to Earth. The Canadian astronaut, whose daily photos and tweets from space made him a star... More »

Bowie's Comeback an 'Absolute Wonder'

'The Next Day' earns widespread praise

(Newser) - David Bowie's latest album—marking his return after a decade—seems to be living up to the anticipation. Sure, it's not 1970s Bowie, but critics are loving the 66-year-old's The Next Day:
  • It "may be the greatest comeback album ever," writes Andy Gill in a
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Bowie Turns 66, Releases 1st Song in 10 Years

Singer breaks years of silence with 'Where Are We Now'

(Newser) - After years out of the spotlight, rock legend David Bowie has marked his 66th birthday with the release of his first new song in a decade. The ballad "Where Are We Now?" will be followed by a new album, The Next Day, in March, the BBC reports. Bowie, whose... More »

12 Weird Celebrity Duets

Ozzy Osbourne and ... Jessica Simpson?!

(Newser) - Get ready for the smooth sounds of Michael Bublé and ... Reese Witherspoon? Yep, the two are pairing up for a duet on the Canadian crooner's next album. Fortunately we already know Witherspoon can sing, thanks to her role in Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, but one has to... More »

Stones, Bowie, Kate Bush Snubbed Olympic Show

Aging stars turned down offer to perform

(Newser) - The star-studded Olympic closing bash seemed to include all of Britain's pop royalty, but in fact major figures snubbed the event—including David Bowie, Kate Bush, and the Rolling Stones, the Guardian reports. Bowie, 65, was considered a long-shot because he hasn't toured since 2006. Rumor had it... More »

Mark Kelly Sent Space Shout-Out to Giffords

Endeavour commander surprises during U2 concert

(Newser) - Not content to boast one of the best live shows on planet Earth, U2 went even further for a cameo during a recent concert. Space shuttle Endeavour commander Mark Kelly delivered a message to his wife, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, during the band's concert Saturday night at Seattle's... More »

10 Gigs Canceled for Odd Reasons

Well, would you want a cup thrown at your head?

(Newser) - Kings of Leon had to stop playing mid-gig Friday thanks to a hail of pigeon poop raining down on them, but they’re not the only musical act that’s been forced to cancel a show for an odd reason. The Daily Mirror rounds up 10 more:
  1. David Bowie: A
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Rock's Worst Career Moves

Bob Dylan's Christmas album is just the latest in a long line

(Newser) - Bob Dylan’s decision to record a Christmas album is certainly ill-advised—“fans may have stuck by him throughout the musically self-destructive late '60s, the God-bothering late '70s, and the Grateful Dead-collaborating-Madonna-imitating mid '80s, but surely even Bob's fans have a limit,” writes John Matthew Hall for the... More »

Salute to the Eye Patch

Cruise's 'Valkyrie' character only one of many to don an eye patch

(Newser) - Tom Cruise as Claus von Stauffenberg in Valkyrie adds yet another name to the long list of characters—real and fictional—sporting eye patches throughout the ages. New York magazine examines notable wearers of the ocular ornament:
  • James Joyce: Perhaps an homage to “The Cyclops” episode of his fabled
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