After years out of the spotlight, *David Bowie *celebrated his 66th birthday yesterday by unveiling a new single and announcing details of a studio album due in March.
The highly influential rock legend, right, who has not performed live since 2006, released new song Where Are We Now? almost without any fanfare, apart from a haunting video harking back to the artist's Berlin period.
The song, released via iTunes in 119 countries, arrives 41 years to the day that Bowie released the classic single Changes.
Where Are We Now? is the first taste of The Next Day, the English singer's 30th studio recording, which was recorded in New York with long-time producer *Tony Visconti *.
The 14-track release, which will also come in a deluxe version with three bonus songs, is his first studio album since 2003's Reality.
Bowie suffered a health scare during the A Reality Tour, which hit *Perth *in 2004, and as he drifted into relative seclusion, rumours spread that he was either seriously ill, or dead.
The new video, directed by New York installation artist *Tony Oursler *, proves rumours of the death of the rake-thin rocker were grossly exaggerated.SIMON COLLINS
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