According to long-time producer and friend Tony Visconti, David Bowie wanted to follow-up his recently released album Blackstar with a new project. He also revealed that just a week before his death, Bowie wrote and demoed five songs.

"At that late stage, he was planning the follow-up to Blackstar," Tony said.

"And I was thrilled, and I thought, and he thought, that he'd have a few months, at least. Obviously, if he's excited about doing his next album, he must've thought he had a few more months. So the end must've been very rapid. I'm not privy to it. I don't know exactly, but he must've taken ill very quickly after that phone call."

Visconti mentioned that Bowie's health improved in the middle of last year, but after further rounds of chemotherapy, the cancer came back and had spread through his body in November. When Visconti asked him if he was making "a farewell album," all Bowie did was laugh.