British singer and entertainer David Bowie has released his first single in a decade. It is called 'Where are we now?' His first album in ten years, and his 30th studio recording, is scheduled for a March release. (image credit: Jimmy King via USA Today)
Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY
LONDON -- English rock star David Bowie has used the occasion of his 66th birthday to announce the release of his first new single in ten years.
The song, called Where Are We Now?, will be followed in March by his 30th studio recording, The Next Day.
Born David Robert Jones in Brixton on January 8, 1947, Bowie has had a glittering music career spanning more than five decades. He was inducted into the Rock & 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 stories 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. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's hits include Let's Dance,China Girl, Fame and Dancing In the Street.
Contributing: Associated Press