★ (Blackstar) is the twenty-fifth and final studio album by David Bowie, released worldwide through ISO/Columbia/Sony on January 8th 2016, coinciding with Bowie’s 69th birthday. It was largely recorded in secret at New York City’s The Magic Shop with co-producer Tony Visconti and a group of local jazz musicians. David Bowie died of liver cancer two days after its release; his illness had not been revealed to the public until then. Co-producer Visconti described the album as Bowie’s intended swan song and a “parting gift” for his fans before his death.
Upon release, the album was met with critical acclaim and commercial success, topping charts in a number of countries in the wake of Bowie’s death, and becoming Bowie’s only album to top the Billboard 200 in the United States. The album remained at the number one position in the UK charts for three weeks.
Everything has changed. R.I.P David Bowie and thank you for everything x