David Bowie’s Incorrect Prediction About The Future Of Music


Besides being a fashion icon and musical visionary, Davie Bowie should have included tech wiz in his list of achievements. He was years ahead of what his peers were doing at the time. Bowie was one of the first major artists to put a song, 1996’s ‘Telling Lies,’ out exclusively on the internet, which sold 300,000 copies. He even created his ISP, which was later described as a music-centric social network before MySpace and Facebook were even a thing.

Before anyone realized the potential of the internet, Bowie was ahead of his time, using technological advances for his gain. So some of his correct predictions for the future of music were not surprising. While some of his predictions came to fruition, others are still in the pipeline, including his guess about copyright claims.

David Bowie Missed The Mark In His Prediction For The Future Of Music


David Bowie rocked the music world with his musical genius, fashion sense, and roles in films. Is there anything the icon can’t do? For those who are saying, predict the future, you might be on to something. In some instances, the legend has known to predict the future that might shock you. For example, in a New York Times interview, Bowie did in 2002, he said, ‘music itself is going to become like running water or electricity.’ He hit the nail on the head with that one.

He was referring to the changing nature of music’s mass availability, which turned out to be more than accurate with all of the streaming services available to us nowadays. However, not everything he predicted was a home run. For example, in the same interview, he talked about copyright claims not existing in the future, which was not the case.

In a New York Times interview in 2002, David Bowie said:

Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity. So, take advantage of these last few years because none of this will ever happen again. I’m confident that copyright, for instance, will no longer exist in 10 years, and authorship and intellectual property are in for such a bashing.”

Even though copyright helped him have the life he had, he wanted more creative freedom with his production of songs. In his track ‘Young Americans,’ Bowie directly quoted the Beatles’ song ‘A Day in the Life,’ which perfectly showed the creative process he desired for future artists.