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Tuesday, July 21, 1998 Published at 10:40 GMT 11:40 UK


Entertainment

Bowie nets another first

The possibilities of the internet are wide open

Not content with his own web page, rock star David Bowie is about to expand his horizons in cyberspace with his own internet service provider.

In a first for a performing artist, Bowie is launching his own ISP to subscribers in North America from September.

At a cost to users of 12.50 a month, Bowienet is eventually expected to go worldwide.

Groundbreaker

As well as offering the usual ISP services such as internet access and e-mail, Bowienet will offer a range of unreleased recordings by Bowie.

He is also promising real-time chats with users and online performances by himself and other music stars.

He said he wanted to create a single community for music fans where ideas could be exchanged and "where vast archives of music and information could be accessed".

The artist was one of the first to do a cybercast, performing a live show over the web, and he has hosted several online chats.

He was also the first major recording star to post a new track on the internet which was free for the public to download.

He then went on to design and create bowieart.com - an internet site offering exclusive work by himself and other artists for sale.



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