David Bowie's new single has been banned from the UK charts.
The legendary singer released "Where Are We Now?" - his first track in 10 years - on Tuesday to coincide with his 66th birthday and it shot straight to the top of the iTunes downloads chart. But as well as being sold, it is also being given away to fans who pre-order his album, so chart bosses say it cannot be counted.
The Official Charts Company said, "It is not possible to distinguish album sales from track sales from the retail data."
Bowie's album, The Next Day, is out in March but already tops the iTunes chart with advance orders.
Yesterday, it was revealed Bowie wanted his new album cover to be as "minimal and undesigned as possible." The main picture on The Next Day was made by the singer with design company Barnbrook, and features the cover of his 1977 album Heroes in black and white, with the middle part obscured by a white block featuring the album's title.
David Bowie has released a new single ahead of his first new album in a decade.
The legendary singer released the song "Where Are We Now?'" on iTunes to coincide with his 66th birthday today, while the album The Next Day, will be available from March.
His son, film director Duncan Jones, announced the news on Twitter this morning. In a series of tweets, he said, "So... First off, its midnight in NY. That means, a HUGE HAPPY BIRTHDAY is in order to my very lovely, very talented dad! Been ten years since his last album.... Would be lovely if all of you could spread the word about da's new album. First in ten years, and its a good 'un! (sic)"
The single - produced by long-term collaborator Tony Visconti and written by Bowie and was recorded in New York - is accompanied by a video directed by Tony Oursler that pays homage to Bowie's time in Berlin, with his face projected onto the body of a puppet.
Bruce Willis is considering taking legal action against Apple.
The 57-year-old actor wants to leave to his huge digital music collection to his daughters - Rumer, 24, Scout, 20, and 18-year-old Tallulah, whom he has with ex-wife Demi Moore - after he dies but iTunes customers are only allowed to "borrow" tracks rather than own them outright.
Digital campaigners Open Rights Group are backing Bruce in his challenge. "You can't resell downloads to friends - and are not allowed to leave them in your will. It's great that Bruce Willis is challenging it," said Jim Killock, of Open Rights Group.
Bruce - who also has five-month-old daughter Mabel with wife Emma Heming - has spent thousands on his music collection, which reportedly includes songs by The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, and downloaded his tunes onto "many, many iPods." The Sixth Sense actor is thought to be thinking of asking his legal team to suggest to Apple that family trusts could be the "holders" of his downloaded music.
Usher kicked off the iTunes festival in London last night.
The "Yeah!" hitmaker got the party started on the opening night of the month-long free festival at the city's Roundhouse venue with a hit packed set and his trademark super-smooth dance moves. The muscular singer may have slipped up as he performed "You Make Me Wanna," but after a cheeky suggestion from his backing dancers, did 40 push-ups for the crowd to make up for it.
The singer's set featured hits including "Burn," "OMG," "Climax," "Scream" and his collaboration with David Guetta, "Without You."
Will.i.am has called for the music industry to better embrace technology. The Black Eyed Peas boss believes record labels should look to the success of Apple's iTunes and invest more money into using digital advances to further their market and prevent further decline in the ailing industry.
"The music industry never had an appreciation for technology. We're going to work out how to make money once we marry music and science. Apple is worth $800 billion now - the music industry far less. Music helped define what that company is, but they made all the money," he said, speaking at London's Royal College of Art's Innovation Night last night.
The "I Gotta Feeling" hitmaker later admitted he had had fun at the event and was pleased to get the chance to express his opinion. "I had fun... I'm glad you got to see that side of me... this is how I think & talk every minute of the day outside of music. I like future talk," he wrote on his Twitter.
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Slash thinks music has "lost its magic." The former Guns N' Roses guitarist thinks the modern popularity for purchasing albums through downloads lead to the listener missing out because they don't get a complete package that includes the visuals of artwork.
"There was a certain excitement that came with the release of a new record, and a lot of it was just the package itself, and it was something that you milled over while you were listening to the record. It was sad to see them sort of get phased out, but, you know, with CDs at least you still had the booklets, but now, when you look at the digital situation, you're like 'There's nothing in it,' you know. It's not even tangible any more. It's convenient, but you lose the magic of it."
The 46-year-old star is renowned for his musicianship yet he believes playing guitar well is a "never-ending process" and he practices every day: "The funny thing for me, obviously I think it's well known that I quit drinking a few years ago, and so instead of picking up some other bad habit I just put it all back into the guitar playing, so I probably play guitar more now than when I first started.
Steve Jobs will receive a posthumous Grammy award. The Apple company boss, who died in October from a rare form of pancreatic cancer, will be honored with the Trustees Award Grammy, for "outstanding contributions to the industry in a non-performing capacity."
Steve's company popularized the personal MP3 player with their iPod device, and set up the most commonly used digital method of music distribution worldwide through its iTunes store, as well as developing a number of software packages which have aided musicians to record relatively cheaply and easily.
"This year's honorees offer a variety of brilliance, contributions and lasting impressions on our culture. It is an honor to recognize such a diverse group of individuals whose talents and achievements have had an indelible impact on our industry," said Neil Portnowin, the US National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) CEO.
The Grammy Awards will take place on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles.
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