No Plan EP by David Bowie Released2 min read

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David Bowie No Plan

Record­ed dur­ing the ses­sions for David Bowie’s 28th and final album, ★, “No Plan” is one of three final Bowie stu­dio record­ings held in the vault until the Octo­ber 21, 2016 release of the Lazarus Cast Album. Pre­vi­ous­ly avail­able only with full album pur­chase of the Lazarus Cast Album, those songs – “No Plan,” “Killing A Lit­tle Time” and “When I Met You” — have been released along with ★ sin­gle and Cast Album title track “Lazarus” as the No Plan dig­i­tal EP, issued Jan­u­ary 8 on ISO/​Columbia. In addi­tion, the three songs are now avail­able for the first time on stream­ing ser­vices and as à la carte down­loads.

Despite the com­plete lack of fan­fare around their reveal, the “No Plan” video amassed over 500,000 views in its first 24 hours online, while the No Plan EP reached #1 on the iTunes charts of 11 coun­tries includ­ing the UK, Nether­lands, Den­mark, Ire­land, Nor­way, Fin­land, and Swe­den, and broke the Top 20 in more than 30 ter­ri­to­ries.

Jan­u­ary 8, 2017, also marked the one-year anniver­sary of the release of ★. In the 12 months since the release of ★, the album has only grown in stature, estab­lish­ing itself as a crit­i­cal and com­mer­cial high point of David Bowie’s peer­less cat­a­log. Hav­ing hit #1 in more than 20 coun­tries (includ­ing Bowie’s first #1 in the U.S.), ★ closed out 2016 with five Gram­my nom­i­na­tions — Best Rock Per­for­mance, Best Rock Song, Best Alter­na­tive Music Album, Best Record­ing Pack­age, and Best Engi­neered Album, Non-Clas­si­cal — and top hon­ors in crit­ics’ best of 2016 lists includ­ing #1 posi­tions in the AV Club, Fla­vor­wire, The Los Ange­les Times, MOJO, Newsweek, Now, Paste, Q, The Wire, Uncut and more, #2 spots includ­ing the BBC, Enter­tain­ment Week­ly, The New York Times, NPR and Rolling Stone, ulti­mate­ly plac­ing in the year-end lists of more major pub­li­ca­tions than any album released in 2016.

Tracklist

  1. Lazarus
  2. No Plan
  3. Killing a Lit­tle Time
  4. When I met You

Video

The “No Plan” clip was direct­ed by Tom Hingston, whose pre­vi­ous col­lab­o­ra­tions with Bowie include the award-win­ning visu­al inter­pre­ta­tion of the orig­i­nal ver­sion of “Sue (Or In A Sea­son Of Crime)” from the Noth­ing Has Changed com­pi­la­tion. The “No Plan” video fea­tures a sparse, com­pelling nar­ra­tive that rein­forces the hyp­not­ic pull of the bal­lad hailed by Rolling Stone — who ranked it #4 in their 50 Best Songs of 2016 – as “a mag­nif­i­cent coda… one last trans­mis­sion from the Bowie uni­verse.”

Despite the com­plete lack of fan­fare around their reveal, the “No Plan” video amassed over 500,000 views in its first 24 hours online, while the No Plan EP reached #1 on the iTunes charts of 11 coun­tries includ­ing the UK, Nether­lands, Den­mark, Ire­land, Nor­way, Fin­land, and Swe­den, and broke the Top 20 in more than 30 ter­ri­to­ries.

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