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   Lyrics                     Video
from the album       Blackstar
Released 19 November 2015
Format Digital download, 12″ single
Recorded 2015 at The Magic Shop and Human Worldwide Studios
(New York, New York)
Length 9:57
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Writer(s) David Bowie

” (pronounced and stylized as “Blackstar“) is a song by David Bowie. It was released as the lead single from his twenty-fifth and final studio album of the same name on 19 November 2015. “★” received both the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song and the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance at the 59th Grammy Awards.

Originally over eleven minutes long, after learning that iTunes would not post singles over ten minutes in length, Bowie and Visconti edited it down to 9:57, making it Bowie’s second-longest track behind “Station to Station”. Bowie did not want to confuse listeners by releasing different single and album versions.

The music video for “Blackstar” is a surreal ten-minute short film directed by Johan Renck (the director of The Last Panthers, the show for which the song was composed). It depicts a woman with a tail, played by Elisa Lasowski, discovering a dead astronaut and taking his jewel-encrusted skull to an ancient, otherworldly town. The astronaut’s bones float toward an eclipse, while a circle of women perform a ritual with the skull in the town’s centre.star2