David Bowie has released his first single in nearly a decade -- with his first new studio album since 2003's Reality -- called The Next Day coming on March 12th. Bowie's video for "Where Are We Now?" premiered yesterday (January 8th) on his 66th birthday. The new album is produced by longtime collaborator Tony Visconti, who produced such classic Bowie sets as 1970's The Man Who Sold The World, 1974's Diamond Dogs, 1975's Young Americans, 1977's Low and "Heroes," 1978's Stage, 1979's Lodger, and 1980's Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps).
There has been no word as to whether Bowie plans to tour behind the new album.
David Bowie's full press release announcing his return to music after a decade hiatus:
In the early morning hours of Tuesday the 8th (of) January, Iso/Columbia Records released a new single by David Bowie titled "Where Are We Now?" exclusively launching in the iTunes Store in 119 countries. David Bowie's first new album in ten years and his 30th studio recording, The Next Day is also available as a pre-order on iTunes with a wide release scheduled for March. January the 8th is of course David Bowie's birthday, a timely moment for such a treasure to appear as if out of nowhere.
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. It goes without saying that he has sold out stadiums and broken ticket records throughout the world during this most influential of careers.
In recent years radio silence has been broken only by endless speculation, rumor 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.
Produced by long term collaborator Tony Visconti, "Where Are We Now?" 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 David's time in Berlin. He is seen looking in on footage of the auto 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?
"The moment you know, you know you know" resonates from the new single's lyric. Now we all know. . . David Bowie has been in the recording studio. . . just when we least expected it!!"
The full tracklisting to the deluxe version of David Bowie's The Next Day is: "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," and "You Could Die Heat."
Bonus Tracks: "So She," "I'll Take You There," and "Plan."
Long-time fan, and Def Leppard frontman, Joe Elliot says that Bowie's 1980 Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) album inspired most of the music that came out of Britain throughout the remainder of the decade: "When you take the Scary Monsters period, which was probably Bowie's' last big artistic statement, because with Let's Dance, I think it just became a commercial -- I wouldn't say 'sell out' -- but it was a commercial success he never achieved in the past. But it was more based on 'normal'; all of a sudden, Bowie's wearing a tie and a suit and bleachin' his hair blonde and having it short. But Scary Monsters, with things like 'Ashes To Ashes' -- you can see where Duran Duran got a lot of their stuff from, and even Spandau Ballet, who would come later on."
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