Friday 30 September 2016

David Bowie's Blackstar album contains secret hidden message

Rachel Ward

Published 04/05/2016 | 09:13

David Bowie in the Blackstar video
David Bowie in the Blackstar video

David Bowie's final album Blackstar, his parting gift to fans shortly before his death in January 2016, contains a beautiful hidden message fans have discovered.

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The album cover for the vinyl for Blackstar contains a black-shaped star on the front. If you leave the sleeve (not the record) in the sun, the star transforms into a galaxy of shining stars.  Once the light source is removed, the stars fade away.

Bowie's 25th studio album, which came out on his 69th birthday just two days before his death, was the first that did not feature his photo on the cover.

A user of image-sharing website imgur posted the finding  in regards to the vinyl edition of the album.

David Bowie Blackstar
David Bowie Blackstar

The album's cover designer, Jonathan Barnbrook, discussed the artwork in a recent interview with design magazine Dezeen.

“It’s subsided a bit now, but a lot of people said it was a bulls--t cover when it came out, that it took five minutes to design,” he said. “But I think there is a misunderstanding about the simplicity.”

Bowie's son Duncan Jones wrote on Twitter, "Leaving us surprises even now. So clever. So missed."

On Facebook, Bowie's long-serving producer Tony Visconti confirmed that the record was deliberately created as a "parting gift" for the singer's fans.

"His death was no different from his life - a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift."

Bowie’s Blackstar is the best-selling vinyl of the past year, beating Adele’s 25.

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