Jem Aswad, writing for Variety:
After months of negotiations, David Bowie’s estate has sold the singer’s formidable publishing catalog to Warner Chappell Music for a price upwards of $250 million, sources confirm to Variety. The catalog spans six decades and includes such songs as “Heroes,” “Changes,” “Space Oddity,” “Fame,” “Let’s Dance,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Golden Years,” “Ziggy Stardust,” “All the Young Dudes,” his 1981 collaboration with Queen “Under Pressure” and hundreds more.
The agreement comprises songs from the 26 David Bowie studio albums released during his lifetime, as well as the posthumous studio album release, “Toy,” which comes out on Friday. It also includes the two studio albums from Tin Machine, along with tracks released as singles from soundtracks and other projects.
Mia Galuppo, writing at The Hollywood Reporter:
Musician and actor Johnny Flynn will play David Bowie in the upcoming feature Stardust.
Jena Malone and Marc Maron will also star in the movie that tracks the rise of the superstar, starting with his first visit to America in 1971 — a trip that inspired the invention of his iconic alter ego, Ziggy Stardust.
The David Bowie Is exhibit will be launching a new virtual reality app in January.
On the 72nd anniversary of Bowie’s birth, the David Bowie is AR application launches on iOS and Android platforms.
Over five hundred high resolution captures of Bowie’s costumes, sketches, notes, hand written lyrics, music videos and original works of art are presented in striking arrangements and immersive settings, with 60 new items added to the original touring exhibition.
Hadfield recalls ‘Our agent, Eric Easton, who also managed The Rolling Stones, asked us to do a demo so he could try and get us an auction at Decca. So in early 1963 I booked into R.G.Jones small studio in Morden. In preparation for the demo David and our guitarist Neville Wills wrote 2/3 songs. We had decided that we would do a couple of guitar instrumentals and one original song. I chose “I Never Dreamed” as it was the strongest, the other two were a bit weak! I also decided that David was the best person to sing it and give the right interpretation. So this became the very first recording of David Jones (Bowie) singing 55 years ago! There is no other recording featuring David as lead in existence.
Royal Mail said it will be the first time it has dedicated an entire issue to an individual music artist.
The 10 stamps, including images of famous album covers Hunky Dory and Aladdin Sane, will go on sale on March 14.
Four of the stamps will show Bowie in action live on tour, ranging from his Ziggy Stardust tour of 1972 to his 2004 Reality Tour.
David Bowie is now part of the esteemed iPhone emoji selection, with updates currently in beta. The iOS 10.2 upgrade includes the Duke, with two variations on the Bowie thunder bolt warpaint. That includes a purple-themed emoji, pictured above, with variation in blue and red.