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'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

Bowie releases new album and surprise single

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.


Ziggy Stardust plaque unveiled

Gary Kemp speaks ahead of the unveiling. Credit: London Tonight.

Singer Gary Kemp has unveiled a plaque in central London, dedicated to David Bowie's famous alter-ego Ziggy Stardust.

The former Spandau Ballet guitarist was only 13 when the albumn, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, was released but he said that it changed his life.

He described the character as a 'mesaianic rock star'.

The plaque commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Ziggy Stardust albumn. Credit: London Tonight.
Two of the original band members - the 'spiders from mars' - at today's event. Credit: London Tonight.

Ziggy Stardust gets plaque in central London

Heddon Street in central London will get a new plaque today, marking forty years since Ziggy Stardust was born. David Bowie was photographed in the street for the Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust album cover in 1972, which catapulted him to international fame.

The plaque will be one of only a couple given to fictional characters, such as one for the great detective Sherlock Holmes at 221b Baker Street. Gary Kemp will unveil the plaque in a ceremony later today.

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