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David Bowie Returns With New Single and an Album on the Way
By: Gary Graff

Today (Tuesday, January 8) is David Bowie's 66th birthday -- but he's the one giving presents.

The iconic former Ziggy Stardust and Thin White Duke has been reclusive in recent years, but on Tuesday morning he popped out a new single called "We Are We Now?," putting it on sale at iTunes, and announced his first album in 10 years, "The Next Day," which drops on March 12.

Bowie has also released a video for "Where Are We Now?," directed by New York artist Tony Oursler. The album was produced by Tony Visconti, who worked with Bowie on 70s albums such as "David Live," "Young Americans," "Low" and "Scary Monsters" as well as on 2003's "Reality."

"The Next Day" will feature 14 songs, with 17 on the Deluxe Version. A statement on Bowie's website reads:

"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."

There's no word yet on possible tour plans to support the album.

The full track list for "The Next Day" includes: "The Next Day," "Dirty Boys," "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," "Love Is Lost," "Where Are We Now?'," "Valentine's Day," "If You Can See Me," "I'd Rather Be High," "Boss Of Me," "Dancing Out In Space," "How Does The Grass Grow," "(You Will) Set The World On Fire," "You Feel So Lonely You Could Die" and "Heat."

The Deluxe Version bonus tracks are "So She," "I'll Take You There" and "Plan."

CLICK HERE to learn out more about Gary Graff and his award-winning music journalism including the books he has written on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.

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