David Robert Jones known as David Bowie was considered a figurehead of modern music for over five decades. An innovator as critics and other musicians would describe him. On 8 January 2016, Bowie’s 69th birthday, he released his twenty-sixth and final studio album entitled Blackstar which many consider a “parting gift” for his fans before his death. Two days, later on 10 January 2016 Bowie died from liver cancer at his New York home.
Fans from all over the world shared their condolence and sentiments towards the death of David Bowie. This is quite apparent particularly over the social media with trending posts and news shared in the online community from artists and celebrities alike. Among the thousands of tweets include the ones from Carrie Brownstein, Conan O’ Briean, Justin Timberlake, Neil Patrick Harris, Stardust, David Hayter and the likes.
Their love and appreciation for the legacy David Bowie has brought in the music industry can be seen through a slew of tweets. Margaret Cho in her tweet said, “Bowie’s music kept me alive for my terrible youth.” Mahira Khan tweeted, “#RIPDavidBowie Thank you for being You.” Brandon Pulido said, “Your artistic spirit will live on forever #ripdavidbowie” Tom Keifer, shared his sentiments about the artists saying, “I remember hearing him for the first time and thinking it must be music from another planet.” Sammy Hagar tweets, “Sad another amazing talent who was not only a huge influence on me but the whole scene has left us. #RIPDavidBowie”
The same can also be said with regards to online videos that has David Bowie in it. DAVID BOWIE – Ashes To Ashes (2000) has top comments such as “RIP David Bowie” and “We will miss you forever” David Bowie – Heroes YouTube videos which has amassed almost 25 million views and counting. The top comment as of writing comes username TheUngiftedGamer saying, “I really hate RIP it feels too formal and has little impact. So Im going to say, Your legacy will live on. Thank you for your music David Bowie” Mikeykm1993 also commented, “Never really been affected by the death of a famous person, but for some reason the death of David Bowie has hit me in a strange way. RIP to arguably one of the greatest musicians to ever grace this planet.”
Indeed, you will not be finding any shortage of tweets and comments that revolve around the death of David Bowie when you look them up over the internet today. Younger generations today may not be familiar about Bowie and his achievements in the music industry and this is quite understandable. Promotions greatly help in spreading David Bowie’s legacy to both young and old people alike. Even though he has left us, the music that he shared over the decades will stay with us forever especially in this digital age of media. YouTube videos about his songs and its views counts are increasing in numbers even as we speak and this can be a very good way to introduce people about Bowie and his works. Whatever the case we hope David Bowie is able to find peace in the remaining years of his life and we are very thankful that with his legacy as well as the last album that he shared to us.