David Bowie attends an awards show June 5, 2007 in New York.(Photo: Stephen Chernin, AP)
LONDON -- ???English rock star David Bowie has used the occasion of his 66th birthday to announce the release of his first new single in 10 years.
The song, called Where Are We Now?, will be followed in March by his 30th studio recording, The Next Day.
David Robert Jones in Brixton on Jan. 8, 1947, Bowie has had a
glittering music career spanning more than five decades. He was inducted
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
Fellow musician David Byrne said of Bowie at the induction, "When David
Bowie came along, well, rock and roll needed a shot in the arm and when I
first saw him it was a shock, and yet it was very familiar. It was very
necessary. It was something that was needed. It was essential. And like
all rock and roll, it was tasteless, it was glamorous, it was perverse,
it was fun, it was crass, it was sexy, it was confusing."
Where Are We Now? was produced by Bowie's long-term
collaborator Tony Visconti and was written and recorded by Bowie in New
York. The song is available on iTunes stores in 119 countries.
Bowie's last album was 2003's Reality.
The fashion-forward singer debuted in the 1960s, releasing multiple
successful albums with sounds that range from rock to pop to glam rock
to soul and funk. His hits include Let's Dance, China Girl, Fame and Dancing In the Street.