Bowie's album return

David Bowie has today release his first single in over a decade with an album called 'The Next Day' set to follow in March.

The return of David Bowie

After years out of the spotlight, David Bowie has released his first new single for a decade. The music legend celebrated his 66th birthday by surprising fans and the music industry with his new song - a ballad called 'Where are we Now'. He hasn't performed in public since 2006.

Faye Barker has the full story of Bowie's surprise return to music.

'Avoiding the industry treadmill is very David Bowie'

David Bowie has released his first album and single today in over a decade. The release coincides with a major Bowie exhibition which is due to be staged at London's V&A in March. A spokesperson for the iconic artist said:

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

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Bowie releases new album and surprise single

The legendary singer in action.
The legendary singer in action. Credit: PA

Music legend David Bowie has broken years of silence and speculation to release his first single and album in a decade.

The glam-rock singer, who shot to fame in the late 60s with Space Oddity, has released the recording Where are we now? on iTunes to coincide with his 66th birthday.

A follow-up album called The Next Day is set to be released in March.

Bowie has not performed live since 2006 and has rarely been seen in public since then, leading to rumours of possible ill-health which were denied by his spokesman.