David Bowie prepared a number of songs to be released after his death

Bowie had reportedly prepared a number of anthology records to be released posthumously

For most, the news of David Bowie’s death was both sudden and tragic. No-one other than the Star Man’s inner circle knew he was suffering from cancer, leading to millions upon millions of fans being caught off guard.

The icon’s physical passing doesn’t mean his story is over, far from it. Recent reports have not only indicated Bowie had already recorded tracks for a new album, but also that he had planned out a set of posthumous records.

According to Newsweek, Bowie had prepared a number of anthology records to be released, celebrating his own career, the first of which should be out in 2017.

The magazine's source said there is “a long list of unscheduled musical releases that Bowie planned before he died.”

They add that these releases ‘have been divided into eras and will not necessarily be released in chronological order’.

It is not known whether these albums will contain new material or just curated earlier works.

However, with previously unheard material such as Bowie impersonating Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen and Iggy Pop emerging online since his death, there could very well be a treasure trove of recordings set for release.

The news that Bowie curated the posthumous albums is very welcome, as it will seemingly prevent any record companies sponging of his death by editing old demo recordings to make ‘new’ songs, like they did after Michael Jackson’s death.

In less exciting news, a re-make of Bowie's cult classic film Labyrinth has just been announced and - as you may suspect - people are not happy about it.