Monday, January 18, 2016

David Bowie's Albums Dominate UK Charts

David Bowie (left) is the man who elevated his music to what can only be labelled as an art form.

Rolling Stone magazine has described him as symbolizing "modern rock as an idiom in which literacy, art, fashion, style, sexual exploration and social commentary can be rolled into one".

And even in death, nineteen of his albums have entered the UK album charts.
 
Including his latest album, Blackstar, which has reached number one, selling almost 150,000 copies since its release on January 08, 2016. The Official Charts Company said that it had already been on course to top the charts before news of his passing was announced on Monday.
 
Blackstar is also number one in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and Sweden. It is expected to top the US charts this week itself.
 
Blackstar has been described by Bowie’s record producer Tony Visconti as a parting gift for fans. It is enjoying near universal critical acclaim, with the avant-garde artiste again proving his mastery of reinvention with a saxophone-driven hard jazz sound.

The 40-minute-long album includes seven tracks, but it was the poignant lyrics of Lazarus which stirred a reaction among fans.



In an eerie film clip that opens with a blindfolded, button-eyed Bowie writhing on a hospital bed, he sings: "Look up here, I'm in heaven, I've got scars that can't be seen, I've got drama, can't be stolen, everybody knows me now."
 
The final verse concludes: "Oh I'll be free, just like that bluebird. Oh I'll be free, ain't that just like me."
 
On Friday, in a Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Dundee United, the former demolished the latter 4-1.
 
Leigh Griffiths opened the scoring with a low drive in the twenty-first minute and six minutes later, Jozo Simunovic made it two from a close-range header. Simon Murray scored one for Dundee United in the thirty-first minute but Griffiths scored the third in the forty-eighth minute before Kris Commons volleyed home a stunning fourth eight minutes later.
 
The win put Celtic six points clear of Aberdeen at the top.
 
The following day, I was in KL’s Bankers Club where I was a speech evaluator. Generally, a good meeting – kindly check out photos of the MIMKL Toastmasters here:
 
 


















 

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