David Bowie has triumphantly burst back onto the music scene with his new album 'The Next Day', and now it seems he's about to enjoy chart success, too, becoming the best-selling artist of the year so far.
Bowie's first album in a decade is already in top spot on the midweek chart, and expected to retain its position on Sunday when the week's chart is announced.
David Bowie with his wife Iman, his whoops-a-daisy spokesperson
Bowie surprised and delighted his fans a fortnight ago, with a new single 'Where Are We Now?', from the album, having sworn musicians working with him to silence while the record was being created.
And, in even better news for devotees of the Star Man turned family man, his model wife Iman may have put her foot in it, by hinting that he could be about to go back on the road with his new tunes.
Iman told Grazia magazine (via NME) that their daughter's schooling would require her to stay home if/when Bowie hits the road:
"We have a 12-year-old in school, so we are stuck, we can't travel. Our schedule is around her, so I don't know. We'll have to go visit him, but we won't be on tour with him because she's in school."
Others close to the singer have given contradictory testimonies on the possibility of a tour. Gerry Leonard, Bowie's guitarist, set the odds at "50/50" and added that Bowie himself seemed to be undecided on the matter.
"A couple of times, when we played back one of the more kick-ass tunes from the new record, he'd be like, 'This would be great live!'" Leonard told Rolling Stone. "Of course, everyone was like, 'What? Did he just say that?' But other times he'd just roll his eyes if someone brought up playing live."
But Tony Visconti, the producer of 'The Next Day', claims Bowie "made a point" of saying there would be no tour and that the singer remains "fairly adamant" about not hitting the road.
"We have a 12 year old in school, so we are stuck, we can't travel," Iman told the magazine. "Our schedule is around her, so I don't know. We'll have to go visit him, but we won't be on tour with him because she's in school."
Iman also gushed about the 66-year-old's new music, explaining how David was "loyal to his vision" during his decade-long hiatus. "Isn't it great? Wait til you hear the album, it's fabulous," Iman said.
"Everyone asks, 'How did he keep it so quiet?' But they were loyal to his vision and he asked, could they just keep it under wraps til it was released? They were just happy he was working on something and it's just great to hear him."
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