The Stars (Are Out Tonight)

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"The Stars (Are Out Tonight)"
Single by David Bowie
from the album The Next Day
Released 25 February 2013 (2013-02-25)
Format Digital download, 7" single
Genre Rock
Length 3:57
Label ISO, Columbia
Writer(s) David Bowie
Producer(s) David Bowie, Tony Visconti
David Bowie singles chronology
"Where Are We Now?"
"The Stars (Are Out Tonight)"
"The Next Day"

"The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" is a song by English musician David Bowie; it serves as the second single from his twenty-fourth studio album The Next Day. The song's official music video was released on 25 February 2013 and the song itself was released for digital download the following day.[1][2]

In the UK it joined BBC Radio 2's Playlist in the B list in March 2013, "The Next Day" was also the album on the week beginning 11 March, the week in which it was released.

The song was released with "Where Are We Now?" – the album's first single – on a limited edition 7" 45 vinyl record on 20 April 2013 in celebration of Record Store Day.[3]

In December 2013 the song was nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award in the category 'Best Rock Performance'.

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song premiered on 25 February 2013, and was made by Canadian director Floria Sigismondi.[4] It stars Bowie and English actress Tilda Swinton as his wife.[5] Andreja Pejić plays one of the "stars" and Saskia de Brauw plays the other.[6] The Norwegian model Iselin Steiro plays the young Bowie.[7]


Chart (2013) Peak
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 88
Israel (Media Forest)[9] 9
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 89
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 102


  1. ^ "David Bowie to release new song 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)' on February 26". NME. 17 February 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Minsker, Evan (17 February 2013). "David Bowie Probably Releasing New Track "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" on February 26". Pitchfork. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Bowie, David. "The Stars (Are Out April)". Facebook. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Boilen, Bob (26 February 2013). "David Bowie's New Song Is...". NPR Music. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "David Bowie unveils new single 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)' - listen". NME. 25 February 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Bowie, David. "The Stars (Are Out Tonight) VIDEO EXCLUSIVE". Facebook. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Iselin Steiro as David Bowie in his new video". Dagbladet. 26 February 2013. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  8. ^ " – David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  9. ^ "David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight) Media Forest". Israeli Airplay Chart. Media Forest.
  10. ^ "Chart Track: Week 17, 2013". Irish Singles Chart.
  11. ^ "March 2013/ Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.

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