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David Bowie releases first single in a decade, album to follow
By Lars Brandle, Brisbane, Billboard

Billboard -- David Bowie celebrated his 66th birthday today by dropping a new single "Where Are We Now?" which went live in the early hours of Jan. 8 through Iso/Columbia Records. Today's retail release is an exclusive across the iTunes Store in 119 countries.

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The Thin White Duke has been away for some time. Too long. But it seems he's not been idle. "Where Are We Now?" is a taster of a promised new album, "The Next Day," his 30th studio recording and his first since "Reality" ten years ago. "The Next Day" will also be distributed as a pre-order, in the standard and deluxe packages, the latter containing three bonus tracks. The staggered release will arrive in Australia on March 8, followed by the rest of the world (excluding the U.K.) on March 11 and the U.S. the following day.

The new single is written by Bowie and was recorded in New York with his long-term collaborator, Tony Visconti, on production duties. It's a slow-tempo number that grows in intensity from a swelling guitar play.

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Bowie's surprise birthday gift to his fans includes a video, directed by Tony Oursler. In the clip, Bowie revisits the well that was his Berlin years. He's seen looking in on the auto repair store beneath the apartment he lived in during the '70s, as footage flashes that details the bleak landscape of the German capital's recent past. There's more than a touch of Johnny Cash's remarkable promo for "Hurt."

There is no news, however, on whether Bowie will tour in support of the album.

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Jan 9, 2013 2:37PM
Jan 9, 2013 1:10AM

I never thought he would return! I thought he just retired...... I am so happy to see him back! I love the song and the video. Such a genius! That voice...... only one David Bowie!


I am so happy! Happy belated birthday to one of the coolest people and one of the few true greats left!

Hope he tours! It has been so long! WELCOME BACK MR. BOWIE!!!!!

Jan 8, 2013 1:44PM
Mr. Bowie is brilliant,   his song, CHANGES,  has helped me turn and face the strain of the many changes in my life through the years, and I would like to thank him, for all the wonderful music he has made and shared with the world. I'm very excited to hear the new  single , Rock On Sir , an ever loyal fan, C.J. Morrison
Jan 8, 2013 1:43PM
Quit using the **** term "drops" is a release of his new single...can't stand the term "drops", which has been used by rappers...of course, in their case, since their music is shi.t anyway, I guess "drops" might be applicable.
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