With a rollcall of celebrity deaths that included Prince, Leonard Cohen and George Michael, it’s little wonder many mourners declared 2016 to be the year the music died. Perhaps it was the death of David Bowie in January of last year which set an ominous tone for what would be a difficult 12 months ahead for the industry, given Bowie’s undisputed status as a bona fide musical legend. So it’s testament to the respect this week’s cover star, Lorde, has managed to garner at the ripe old age of 20, that one of her greatest admirers was Bowie. After meeting him not long after the release of her debut album, Bowie told the then teenager that listening to her music was “like listening to tomorrow”. No small praise indeed, coming from someone so revered to a young woman from New Zealand. And the late icon’s endorsement of the artists of tomorrow, such as Lorde, is a reminder that music never actually dies, but continues to live on in the passing of one generation to another.