Bowie's back with a surprise 66th birthday single

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Bowie's back with a surprise 66th birthday single

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British musical icon David Bowie has marked his 66th birthday with a surprise gift for fans: his first new single for almost 10 years.

The song, Where Are We Now, has been released on iTunes, while the video has also been made available on his website.

The news gets better for Bowie fans as there is a new album, The Next Day, scheduled for release in March.

The new single is Bowie’s first new material since the 2003 album Reality. A slow, wistful recollection of his time in the divided Berlin of the 1970s, Where Are We Now has been produced by Tony Visconti, who worked with Bowie on his 1969 breakthrough album Space Oddity.

Over the course of his 46-year career, Bowie has made 25 studio albums – The Next Day will be his 26th – experimenting and re-inventing his sound and image at almost every turn. His last live performance came in a charity concert in 2006 in New York, where he lives with his family.