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David Bowie Returns With New Single And Album

David Bowie has released a new single and is also bringing out a new album - 10 years after his last LP.

The single, Where Are We Now?, is available now on iTunes, while The Next Day, his 30th studio recording, is available as a pre-order, with the album's release being scheduled for March.

The single was released on the musician's 66th birthday, which  his official website  noted was a "timely moment for such a treasure to appear as if out of nowhere".

Where Are We Now?, which was produced by long-term collaborator Tony Visconti, was written by Bowie and was recorded in New York.

The single is accompanied by a haunting video directed by Tony Oursler which harks back to Bowie's time in Berlin.

He lived in West Berlin between 1976 and 1979 due to his interest in the burgeoning German music scene. Bowie worked with Brian Eno while sharing an apartment in Schoneberg with Iggy Pop.

The new video shows Bowie watching footage of the car repair shop beneath the apartment he lived in along with stark images of the city at the time and a lyric constantly raising the question Where Are We Now?.

Following the release of his last album, Reality, in 2003, fans had been wondering what they would hear next from the British musician, actor, record producer and arranger.

His website said: "In recent years radio silence has been broken only by endless speculation, rumour and wishful thinking. A new record. Who would have ever thought it, who'd have ever dreamed it!

"After all David is the kind of artist who writes and performs what he wants when he wants, when he has something to say as opposed to something to sell.

"Today he definitely has something to say."