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.
BornDavid Robert Jones in Brixton on Jan. 8, 1947, Bowie has had aglittering music career spanning more than five decades. He was inductedinto the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
Fellow musician David Byrne said of Bowie at the induction, "When DavidBowie came along, well, rock and roll needed a shot in the arm and when Ifirst saw him it was a shock, and yet it was very familiar. It was verynecessary. It was something that was needed. It was essential. And likeall 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-termcollaborator Tony Visconti and was written and recorded by Bowie in NewYork. 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 multiplesuccessful albums with sounds that range from rock to pop to glam rockto soul and funk. His hits include Let's Dance, China Girl, Fame and Dancing In the Street.