Randy Houser Reveals New Album 'Fired Up': The Ram Report

Randy Houser has announced the title, track list and release date of his new album. Fired Up, featuring a whopping 17 songs, including current single “We Went,” will hit stores on March 11th.

Produced by Derek George, like Houser’s 2013 breakout album How Country Feels, Fired Up captures what the Mississippi native does best: huge-voiced heartbreak ballads and roadhouse rockers. Among the highlights are the boozy twanger “Little Bit Older,” the passing-of-time lament “One Way” (co-written by Chris Stapleton and Lee Miller) and a tongue-twister titled “Whiskeysippi River.”

But it’s the lead-off track “Back” and the bait-and-switch ballad “Hot Beer and Cold Women” that elevate the album. The former is full of cautious hope, with Houser taking stock of his life, while the latter, written by Travis Meadows and the Warren Brothers, stings with regret and pulls a bait and switch with its seemingly party-hearty title.

Fired Up will be released on Stoney Creek Records.

Here’s the full tracklist for Fired Up:

1. “Back”
2. “We Went”
3. “Chasing Down a Good Time”
4. “Senior Year”
5. “Mine Tonight”
6. “Lucky Me”
7. “Song Number 7”
8. “Before Midnight”
9. “True”
10. “Yesterday’s Whiskey”
11. “Fired Up”
12. “Little Bit Older”
13. “Gotta Get You Home”
14. “Hot Beer and Cold Women”
15. “Same Old Saturday Night”
16. “One Way”
17. “Whiskeysippi River”


David Bowie Memorial Concert Planned for Carnegie Hall

Hours before David Bowie‘s death Sunday, a tribute concert dedicated to the rocker’s musical legacy was announced for New York’s Carnegie Hall on March 31st. The Roots, Cyndi Lauper, the Mountain Goats, Heart’s Ann Wilson, Perry Farrell, Jakob Dylan were all scheduled to take part in The Music of David Bowie at Carnegie Hall concert, with Bowie’s longtime collaborator Tony Visconti in charge of the house band, the New York Times reports. However, following the legend’s death, the tribute will proceed as scheduled, but as a memorial concert instead.

“The unexpected death of David Bowie has made this tribute to him into a memorial concert,” organizers wrote on the concert’s official site. “While the series has had the surprise appearances and performances of the honoree several times in the past, this one will certainly become a poignant honor of his music by his friends, peers, and fans. We are all deeply saddened at this news, the timing of our public on-sale bizarre in its timing, and the show is taking on many more emotions. RIP David and may gods love be with you…”

Bettye Lavette and Robyn Hitchcock were also named to the Bowie tribute show, with many more artists likely to take part to pay their respects to the influential artist. Proceeds from the memorial concert will benefit the Young Audiences New York, Little Kids Rock, Church Street School of Music, the Center for Arts Education, the American Symphony Orchestra and Grammy in the Schools. Visit the Carnegie Hall site for ticket information.

“He always did what he wanted to do,” Visconti wrote following news of Bowie’s passing. “And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was not different from his life — a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift.”


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Kanye West, Iggy Pop, Rolling Stones Remember David Bowie

David Bowie passed away Sunday after a private, 18-month battle with cancer. The iconic artist was not only an innovative musician, but an actor and fashion icon as well. He collaborated with everyone from Mick Jagger and Trent Reznor to Cher and Luther Vandross, and his worked touched and influenced the lives of countless musicians, performers, visual artists, designers, actors and more with his innovative approach to creativity and reinvention.

Soon after the news of passing was announced, a collection of famous fans and collaborators shared their condolences and reflections on Bowie’s life and legacy.

Bowie’s eldest child, son Duncan Jones, tweeted a solemn confirmation of the news. The director, born Zowie Bowie, is the only child from the rock star’s first marriage to Angie Bowie. 

Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all. pic.twitter.com/Kh2fq3tf9m

— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) January 11, 2016

Kanye West responded early to the news, offering a touching tribute to Bowie’s “magic” as well as condolences to his friends and family.

David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 11, 2016

I pray for his friends and family.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 11, 2016

Iggy Pop, who collaborated with Bowie throughout the Seventies, shared a simple tribute.

MESSAGE FROM IGGY: “David’s friendship was the light of my life. I never met such a brilliant person. He was the best there is. – Iggy Pop”

— Iggy Pop (@IggyPop) January 11, 2016

Cher, who had performed a medley of classic tunes with Bowie on her variety show back in 1975, revealed her heartbreak at the news as well. 


— Cher (@cher) January 11, 2016

More fans and friends shared memories and more about the star on Twitter.

Bruce Springsteen:



Over here on E Street, we’re feeling the great loss of David Bowie. David was a visionary artist and an early supporter…

Posted by Bruce Springsteen on Monday, January 11, 2016

Elton John:


I am still in shock. Never saw it coming. My deepest condolences to Iman and the family. An amazing life. An amazing career.

A photo posted by Elton John (@eltonjohn) on Jan 11, 2016 at 12:17pm PST

Paul McCartney: 

Paul on @DavidBowieReal https://t.co/KVxmjBdYT1 pic.twitter.com/aNJi3BjAuv

— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) January 11, 2016

Billy Corgan:

“When a true star blinks out, the sky looks different, and never feels the same.”

Kendrick Lamar:

What a honor, what a soul. David Bowie, Spirit of Gold. RIP.

— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) January 11, 2016

The Rolling Stones: 

The Rolling Stones are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend David Bowie… 1/2

— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) January 11, 2016

As well as being a wonderful and kind man, he was an extraordinary artist, and a true original. 2/2 #DavidBowie

— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) January 11, 2016

“David was always an inspiration to me and a true original. He was wonderfully shameless in his work we had so many good times together. He was my friend. I will never forget him.” — Mick Jagger


Im Devastated! This great Artist changed my life! First concert i ever saw in Detroit! R.IP. #rebelheart pic.twitter.com/hGfxI967Bw

— Madonna (@Madonna) January 11, 2016

Talented . Unique. Genius. Game Changer. The Man who Fell to Earth. Your Spirit Lives on Forever! #rebelheart pic.twitter.com/k3k3lfL3Bv

— Madonna (@Madonna) January 11, 2016

So lucky to have met you!!!! Hot Tramp I love you So! #rebelheart pic.twitter.com/INKPRCeofK

— Madonna (@Madonna) January 11, 2016

Yoko Ono:

As John & I had very few friends, we felt David was as close as family. Sweet memories will stay with us forever. pic.twitter.com/WoZsztnm4E

— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) January 11, 2016

St. Vincent:


— St. Vincent (@st_vincent) January 11, 2016

Brian May:

I woke up late, after a long night, to shocking news. David Bowie gone.

I don’t know if I can react immediately.

He was a fearsome talent, and the loss to Music and Culture from his passing is inestimable.

In and out of our lives, always challenging and innovative, and … shocking.

But this news is hard to take in.

I had no idea he was close to death. Would like to have said something …

Very sad. Sincere condolences to his family.

But what a life.

All hail, David Bowie, Star Man, Hero. RIP. (via official site)


Woke up to the news of David Bowie leaving this world. Crushed is the right word. He was a monumental artist…immortal. 1/2

— Rush (@rushtheband) January 11, 2016

We used to play Suffragette City in our bar days. #RIPDavidBowie 2/2 pic.twitter.com/GFhF5kKvLF

— Rush (@rushtheband) January 11, 2016

Ozzy Osbourne:



I just can’t believe it. I am in total shock about David Bowie’s passing. It’s crazy. Never in a million years did I…

Posted by Ozzy Osbourne on Monday, January 11, 2016

The Doobie Brothers:

David Bowie was an innovator and a pioneer. We are so sad to see him go. He will be remembered! #RIPDavidBowie pic.twitter.com/zrQJaGXdf8

— The Doobie Brothers (@TheDoobieBros) January 11, 2016


can’t believe it. we will forever be inspired by/love u, bowie pic.twitter.com/oXMq6HuhWY

— HAIM (@HAIMtheband) January 11, 2016

Laura Jane Grace:

I’d argue that punk rock owes nearly everything to Bowie…”Ziggy played for time, jiving us that we were voodoo. The kids were just CRASS!”

— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) January 11, 2016

Louis Tomlinson:

RIP David Bowie. A music Legend !

— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) January 11, 2016

Ricky Gervais:

I just lost a hero. RIP David Bowie.

— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) January 11, 2016


David Bowie was a true innovator, a true creative. May he rest in peace #RIPDavidBowie

— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) January 11, 2016

Frances Bean Cobain:

R.I.P. David Bowie. You were an icon, you changed the idea of what a man should be, your musical genius will live on pic.twitter.com/29ijZOh6Kp

— Frances Bean Cobain (@alka_seltzer666) January 11, 2016

Eddie Izzard:

Please could every radio station around the globe just play David Bowie music today – I think the world owes him that.

— Eddie Izzard (@eddieizzard) January 11, 2016


We love you and will love you forever… Such a shock #RIP pic.twitter.com/6AKwA6qKRG

— Savages (@Savagesband) January 11, 2016

Diane Warren:

I don’t want to hear about the stupid fashion at the Golden Globes who gives a fuck I want to play David Bowie records. Unreal

— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) January 11, 2016

Giorgio Moroder:

What a great loss… I was fortunate to work with a genius on “Cat People.” #DavidBowie pic.twitter.com/uWCTrJSs69

— Giorgio Moroder (@giorgiomoroder) January 11, 2016


Bowie was kind to me. He talked about booker little with me. He was warm and generous. He was a great intellectual, a great artist. Rocker

— Flea (@flea333) January 11, 2016


RIP David Bowie. A true InspIration pic.twitter.com/My0BrfSqgS

— PIXIES (@PIXIES) January 11, 2016

Billy Idol: 

Nearly brought to tears by sudden news of @DavidBowieReal David Bowie’s passing RIP

— Billy Idol (@BillyIdol) January 11, 2016

The Weeknd:

rest in peace David Bowie .

— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) January 11, 2016

Mark Ruffalo:

Rip Father of all us freaks. Sad sad day. Love always Legendary singer David Bowie dies at 69 https://t.co/ezRx7NVhSC # via HuffPostEnt

— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 11, 2016

Josh Groban:

He never seemed of this earth. Now he’s left it. He bent rules, gender, genres, and our minds. RIP David Bowie. One. Of. A. Kind.

— josh groban (@joshgroban) January 11, 2016

Harry Styles:

RIP. David Bowie. An icon. https://t.co/YI7NSxLitg

— Harry Styles. (@Harry_Styles) January 11, 2016

Weird Al Yankovic:

I feel like the wind has been knocked out of me – I was not ready for this. RIP Bowie.

— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) January 11, 2016

Dillon Francis:

Omg RIP David Bowie … You seriously were the biggest legend ever..so sad

— Dillon Francis (@DILLONFRANCIS) January 11, 2016

Pete Yorn:

Damn. Will miss #DavidBowie he was already eternally cool. Thx for the music and style. pic.twitter.com/EfrMgWbMbr

— Pete Yorn (@peteyorn) January 11, 2016

Anderson Cooper:

Find it hard to believe David Bowie has died. What an incredible life

— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) January 11, 2016


He was 1of my ‘HEROES’I just CANNOT believe it.. On the heels of his bday… His top notch album #RIPDavidBowie starman thin white duke

— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) January 11, 2016

Adrian Grenier: 

#rip #davidbowie you changed my life, made it better. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/ki58RxjHjh

— Adrian Grenier (@adriangrenier) January 11, 2016

Foo Fighters:

Rest in peace, David. pic.twitter.com/9Kv9yM9igh

— Foo Fighters (@foofighters) January 11, 2016

Judd Apatow:

David Bowie on Extras was as good as comedy gets. @rickygervais

— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 11, 2016


Unthinkable. The world has lost one of the most important artists and icons of our time. I was moved immeasurably by David Bowie. RIP.

— Hozier (@Hozier) January 11, 2016

J.K. Rowling:

I wish he could have stayed on earth longer. RIP #DavidBowie pic.twitter.com/jnYLaaootw

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 11, 2016

Peter Gabriel:



I was shocked to learn of David Bowie’s death this morning. He meant so much to me and to so many.He was a one-off, a…

Posted by Peter Gabriel on Monday, January 11, 2016


R.I.P David Bowie. U are and always will be a legend & will continue to inspire for generations….

— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) January 11, 2016


RIP to a true LEGEND. David Bowie. #DavidBowie

— AC/DC (@acdc) January 11, 2016

Neko Case:

Without Bowie, a lot of people’s self confidence expressed in this song wouldn’t exist. THANK YOU, DAVID BOWIE! https://t.co/RRKfvRA2MX

— Neko Case (@NekoCase) January 11, 2016

Florence and the Machine:

David Bowie was a huge influence on me throughout my life. The original star-man returned to the stars…

— florence welch (@flo_tweet) January 11, 2016

Adam Lambert:

Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” w @nilerodgers a few years back https://t.co/7gidnQF0NZ

— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) January 11, 2016

Erykah Badu:

Save a place for me brother… https://t.co/vJlegqKHej via @youtube

— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) January 11, 2016

Mariah Carey:

David Bowie we will remember your brilliance. Heartfelt condolences to family, friends & fans around the world pic.twitter.com/hhLocL4hDS

— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 11, 2016

The Kid Mero:


— The Kid Mero (@THEKIDMERO) January 11, 2016


David Bowie's Death a 'Work of Art,' Says Tony Visconti

David Bowie’s longtime producer Tony Visconti paid tribute to his friend and peer in a touching Facebook post after Bowie passed away on Sunday at the age of 69.

“He always did what he wanted to do,” Visconti wrote. “And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way. His death was not different from his life — a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift.”

Bowie had been battling cancer for 18 months, and his illness was not publicly revealed until the announcement of his death. “I knew for a year this was the way it would be,” Visconti continued in his note. “I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.”

Visconti and Bowie had a decades-long working relationship. The pair first linked up for Bowie’s second studio album, Space Oddity (originally titled David Bowie). Over their nearly five decades of friendship, Visconti produced everything from Berlin-era Bowie releases Low and “Heroes” to his two most recent LPs following a lengthy hiatus, 2013’s The Next Day and this year’s Blackstar.


David Bowie Dead at 69

David Bowie, the legendary singer-songwriter and actor, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.

The artist’s Facebook page announced the news, with the singer’s rep confirming his death to Rolling Stone. “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer,” the statement read. “While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”

One of the most original and singular voices in rock & roll for nearly five decades, Bowie championed mystery, rebellion and curiosity in his music. Ever unpredictable, the mercurial artist and fashion icon wore many guises throughout his life. Beginning life as a dissident folk-rock spaceman, he would become an androgynous, orange-haired, glam-rock alien (Ziggy Stardust), a well-dressed, blue-eyed funk maestro (the Thin White Duke), a drug-loving art rocker (the Berlin albums), a new-wave hit-maker, a hard rocker, a techno enthusiast and a jazz impressionist. His flair for theatricality won him a legion of fans.

Along the way, he charted the hits “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Fame,” “Heroes,” “Let’s Dance” and “Where Are We Now?” among many others. Accordingly, his impact on the music world has been immeasurable. Artists who have covered Bowie’s songs and cited him as an influence include Nirvana, Joan Jett, Duran Duran, Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson, Arcade Fire, Oasis, Ozzy Osbourne, Morrissey, Beck, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lady Gaga, Bauhaus and Nine Inch Nails.

Bowie’s son, Duncan, tweeted a photo of his father holding him early Monday morning and wrote, “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true.” The singer’s frequent collaborator, Brian Eno, tweeted, “Words cannot express.”

“David Bowie was one of my most important inspirations, so fearless, so creative, he gave us magic for a lifetime,” Kanye West wrote on Twitter. “I pray for his friends and family.”

The singer had kept his cancer diagnosis secret, even to some of his closest friends. Ivo van Hove, who directed Bowie’s off-Broadway play Lazarus, said, though, that the singer had told him early on that he was battling liver cancer and would not be able to attend all of the rehearsals. “Bowie was still writing on his deathbed, you could say,” van Hove told NPO Radio 4, via DutchNews.nl. “I saw a man fighting. He fought like a lion and kept working like a lion through it all. I had incredible respect for that.”

Bowie was born David Robert Jones on January 8th, 1947 in a working-class London suburb. His father, Heywood Jones, worked in promotions for a charity that benefitted children and his mother, Margaret Mary Jones, was a waitress. A fight with a classmate when he was young left the singer with a permanently dilated left pupil. He began learning saxophone at age 13 and attended a high school that would prepare him for a career as a commercial artist. By 20, he had spent time at a Buddhist monastery in Scotland and dabbled in theatrical troupes.

Once he began focusing on music, he played with groups like the King Bees, the Manish Boys (who once recorded with Jimmy Page) and Davey Jones and the Lower Third. He took on the Bowie pseudonym – after the knife – in an effort to prevent confusion with Monkees singer Davy Jones. Bowie put out a folky self-titled album in 1967, but it charted poorly in the U.K. and not at all in the U.S. That would change with his next release.

The album contained the hit “Changes” and its threat/promise “Look out you rock & rollers/ One of these days you’re gonna get older,” fan favorites “Oh! You Pretty Things” and “Life on Mars” and songs about Bob Dylan (“Song for Bob Dylan”) and Andy Warhol (“Andy Warhol”). (He’d portray the latter artist years later in the film Basquiat.) 

It was on 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, though, where Bowie hit his stride. In the role of the titular rock-star also-ran, he innovated a glammy look for himself which he amplified in his highly theatrical live shows where he’d tussle with guitarist Mick Ronson. A far cry from the Sixties hippie idealism he’d come up with, Ziggy was brazen and arrogant, a decadent rogue who was also endearing to fans. In addition to the title track, “Starman,” “Suffragette City” and “Five Years” became audience favorites. The album would be certified gold in the U.S. in 1974.

Around this period, Bowie began working behind the scenes for some of his friends. In 1972, he produced and played saxophone on Mott the Hoople’s All the Young Dudes album, writing the album’s hit title song. That same year, he resuscitated former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed’s career by giving him a glam makeover on Transformer. And in 1973, he mixed Iggy and the Stooges’ Raw Power. A few years later, during his Berlin period, Bowie would also work on Iggy Pop’s solo breakthrough LPs The Idiot and Lust for Life, touring with Pop as his pianist to support the records.

Bowie kept the Ziggy Stardust persona on 1973’s Aladdin Sane, which contained “The Jean Genie,” “Drive-In Saturday” and a rag-tag cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Let’s Spend the Night Together.” Pin Ups, Bowie’s covers album, followed later that year. He’d attempted to retire Ziggy for 1974’s cabaret-ready Diamond Dogs, but the overwhelming glamminess of “Rebel Rebel” suggested otherwise. 

He did an about-face on 1975’s Young Americans, incorporating soul, funk and disco into songs like the title cut and “Fame,” and he co-wrote “Fascination” with Luther Vandross. It was a risky move, but it reached Number Two in the U.K. and Number Nine in the U.S. He delved deeper into funk on the following year’s Station to Station, picking up a well-documented cocaine habit along the way, and scored a hit with the buoyant “Golden Years.” The album as a whole, though, signaled a newfound interest in the avant-garde.

It was to be a short-lived transformation, though, as Bowie would disappear to Berlin and dive deeper into experimenting with music and with drugs. Beginning with 1977’s Low, which combined art-rock with ambient minimalism, the singer stumbled on an acidic, epic sound, bolstered by collaborating with Brian Eno. The LP contained the U.K. hit “Sound and Vision” and set the tone for his next two records, that year’s “Heroes,” with its iconic title song, and 1979’s Lodger, which contained the hit “Boys Keep Swinging.” Minimalist composer Philip Glass would later write a symphony using music from Low.

Bowie quit drugs in the Seventies and emerged in the Eighties with a renewed interest in more radio-friendly music, scoring a Number One hit in the U.K. with “Ashes to Ashes,” which continued the story of Major Tom, and the hit “Fashion.” Both appeared on 1980’s Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps). In 1981, he recorded the duet “Under Pressure” with Queen, weaving his voice with Freddie Mercury’s for another Number One in the U.K. and a Top 30 single in the U.S. 

In 1983, he put out Let’s Dance, which he co-produced with Chic mastermind Nile Rodgers. The collaboration, which included lead guitar work by Stevie Ray Vaughan, proffered the singles “Let’s Dance,” “China Girl” and “Modern Love.” He’d follow these with the hit “Blue Jean,” off Tonight the following year. Bowie notched his final Number One in the U.K. in 1985 with a cover of Martha and the Vandella’s feel-good hit “Dancing in the Street,” a duet with Mick Jagger. 

With the exception of the Beatlesesque 1986 single “Absolute Beginners,” the rest of the Eighties were less fruitful for Bowie musically. He put out Never Let Me Down in 1987, and closed out the decade as a member of the hard-rock group Tin Machine, which would put out another record in 1991.

Bowie changed his musical output again in 1993 and put out the electronic-influenced Black Tie White Noise, another co-production with Nile Rodgers that proved less commercially successful in the U.S. He flirted with industrial on 1995’s Outside, and the following year he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 by former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne.

In 1997, he celebrated his 50th birthday with an all-star concert at New York City’s Madison Square Garden; Lou Reed, the Cure’s Robert Smith, Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan, Pixies’ Black Francis, Foo Fighters and Sonic Youth all joined him onstage. He pioneered “Bowie Bonds,” a way in which people could invest in him, that year, earning him $55 million. Also, that year, he collaborated with Trent Reznor on the Brian Eno co-produced Earthling, and returned to rock on 1999’s Hours…. It’s a sound he’d improve upon on 2002’s Heathen and the following year’s Reality, both of which found him working again with Visconti.

The singer suffered a heart attack in 2004 and subsequently retired from touring, though he’d make occasional appearances, singing with Arcade Fire and David Gilmour, among others. He made his last singing appearance onstage in 2006, where he dueted with Alicia Keys. During this time, he also sang on records by TV on the Radio, Scarlett Johansson and Arcade Fire.

Concurrent with his music, Bowie also enjoyed a long career as an actor. His first starring role was as Thomas Jerome Newton in 1976’s The Man Who Fell to Earth, a surrealistic film about a marooned alien attempting to bring water back to his home planet. In 1980, he played the titular role in a theatrical production of The Elephant Man. He played a vampire in Tony Scott’s 1983 erotic horror The Hunger and had roles in Julien Temple’s 1986 film Absolute Beginners, Martin Scorsese’s 1988 film The Last Temptation of Christ and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. In 1986, he played the shrub-haired, codpiece-wearing Jareth the Goblin King in the puppet-starring musical Labyrinth. Beginning in 2000, he hosted a TV series based on The Hunger, and he played himself in Zoolander and the TV show Extras. He also played Nikola Tesla in The Prestige, lent his voice to SpongeBob SquarePants and played himself in the Vanessa Hudgens film Bandslam.

In 2013, Bowie put out his first album in a decade, The Next Day, which went to Number One on the U.K. chart and Number Two in the States. He had recorded the LP in secret and announced its existence on his birthday that year.

Two days before his death, the singer put out (pronounced “Blackstar”), this time on his birthday. The record reflected the ever-evolving artist’s interest in jazz and hip-hop. “We were listening to a lot of Kendrick Lamar,” producer Tony Visconti told Rolling Stone of the recording sessions. “We wound up with nothing like that, but we loved the fact Kendrick was so open-minded and he didn’t do a straight-up hip-hop record. He threw everything on there, and that’s exactly what we wanted to do. The goal, in many, many ways, was to avoid rock & roll.” 

The artist’s latest theatrical foray was the 2015 off-Broadway play Lazarus, which stars Michael C. Hall and continues the story of Newton from The Man Who Fell to Earth. Along with songs from throughout Bowie’s career, it also featured new tunes.

Bowie married his first wife, Mary Angela Barnett, in 1970. A year later, Angela gave birth to the couple’s son, Duncan Zowie Haywood Jones. The couple would divorce in 1980.

Despite his marriage, Bowie claimed to be gay in the British music press in 1972, and, in 1976, he came out to Playboy as bisexual. He’d later regret the assertion. “The biggest mistake I ever made was telling that Melody Maker writer that I was bisexual,” he told Rolling Stone in 1983. “Christ, I was so young then. I was experimenting.” He also said he’d never done “drag.” He later recanted his unhappiness with coming out as bisexual, saying he didn’t like the way Americans put emphasis on it.

In 1992, Bowie married Somali-American model Iman. The couple had a daughter named Alexandria Zahra Jones in 2000.

“He always did what he wanted to do, and he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way,” Visconti wrote on Facebook after the news of Bowie’s passing was out. “His death was no different from his life – a work of art. He made  for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be. I wasn’t, however, prepared for it. He was an extraordinary man, full of love and life. He will always be with us. For now, it is appropriate to cry.”


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Watch Lady Gaga's Emotional Speech at 2016 Golden Globes

A visibly moved Lady Gaga won the 2016 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role as the Countess in American Horror Story: Hotel. Playing an 115-year-old vampire who’s in love with a former drug-addict (played by Matt Bomer) the pop superstar emerged victorious from an impressive group of nominees that included veteran actors like Kirsten Dunst (Fargo), Queen Latifah (Bessie), and Felicity Huffman (American Crime).

Shaking as she made her way to the stage, the Globes newbie began her speech by declaring that it was “One of the greatest moments in my life.” Overcome with emotion for winning her first Golden Globe for her first nomination, Gaga said that she felt “Like Cher in the John Patrick Shanley film, Moonstruck, right now.” After gaining her composure somewhat, Gaga set the record straight about how she got there: “I wanted to be an actress before I wanted to be a singer, but music worked out first.”

When it came time for the thank-you portion of her remarks, Gaga had nothing but love for her costars. “You’re my family forever,” she said of the fellow members of her American Horror Story cast. “Because of you, I was able to shine, I guess.” She made special mention of Bomer and series creator Ryan Murphy. “I’m truly speechless,” Gaga concluded, before the music picked up and she was whisked away backstage.