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David Bowie is back. The singer, who celebrates his 66th birthday today, made a surprise announcement, releasing details on his first album in a decade and the video for the first single, “Where Are We Now?”
The album was announced on his new website, giving fans a link to the new video and revealing that the title of the album is The Next Day. It will be released on March 8 in Australia, March 11 around the world and on March 12 in the U.S. Fans can already pre-order the album on iTunes. A deluxe version with three extra tracks will be available.
Reuters reports that the album and single are produced by Tony Visconti, Bowie’s longtime collaborator. The “Where Are We Now?” video features footage of Berlin, looking back at his time there in the 1970s.
Columbia Records called “Where Are We Now?” a “treasure” and it was even a surprise to them, “coming out of nowhere.”
“Throwing shadows and avoiding the industry treadmill is very David Bowie despite his extraordinary track record that includes album sales in excess of 130 million not to mention his massive contributions in the area of art, fashion, style, sexual exploration and social commentary,” the label said in a statement.
This is Bowie’s first album since 2003 and fans had wondered if the singer would ever return to the studio. Despite his time away from the studio, he remains one of the most influential rock stars in the world, thanks to iconic albums like Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Young Americans on his resume.
Check out the video below: