David Bowie breaks long silence with new music release

Reuters Middle East

LONDON, Jan 8 (Reuters) - British singer David Bowie

released his first new song in nearly a decade on Tuesday in a

surprise launch coinciding with his 66th birthday.

"Where Are We Now?", produced by his long-term collaborator

Tony Visconti, is a mournful look back to the time he spent in

Berlin in the 1970s with an accompanying video featuring

black-and-white footage of the city when it was still divided.

The song, available on iTunes and free to view on his

re-launched website, was recorded in New York and will be

followed by his first studio album since 2003, "The Next Day",

due to hit shelves in March.

Bowie's label Columbia Records said the new song was a

"treasure" that appeared "as if out of nowhere", underlining the

element of surprise from a release that ends years of

speculation among fans over whether he would record again.

"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.

The album will consist of 14 songs, and a deluxe edition

will feature three bonus tracks.

The glam-rock star shot to fame with "Space Oddity" in 1969,

and later with his alter ego Ziggy Stardust, before establishing

himself as a chart-topping force in the early 1980s.

Known for his constant desire to re-invent and experiment

with different musical genres, Bowie is considered one of the

most influential, and unusual stars of the pop era.

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