First Listen: David Bowie Releases A New Single, Announces A New Album


Completely out of nowhere, and on his 66th birthday, David Bowie released a new single and music video titled Where Are We Now?, the first from his just-announced forthcoming album titled The Next Day. It’s been 10 years since Bowie released any new music so, obviously, we were all caught unawares. As soon as the single was released, social media exploded with the news. Click below to watch the music video for Where Are We Now?, check out the single and album art for Bowie’s new single and album and find out what other songs will be featured on The Next Day, due out in March.

This is the single artwork for Where Are We Now?:

And here is our first listen/first look at the video:

According to David Bowie’s official website, you can preorder the album now ahead of its March 12 release here in the US:

David Bowie celebrated his 66th birthday today by dropping a new single “Where Are We Now?”, which went live in the early hours of Jan. 8 through Iso/Columbia Records. Today’s retail release is an exclusive across the iTunes Store in 119 countries. The Thin White Duke has been away for some time. Too long. But it seems he’s not been idle. “Where Are We Now?” is a taster of a promised new album “The Next Day”, his 30th studio recording and his first since “Reality” ten years ago. “The Next Day” will also be distributed as a pre-order, in the “standard” and “deluxe” packages, the latter containing three bonus tracks. The staggered release will arrive in Australia on March 8, followed by the rest of the world-excluding the U.S. on March 11 and the U.S. the following day. The new single is written by Bowie, and recorded in New York with his long-term collaborator Tony Visconti on production duties. It’s a slow tempo number that grows in intensity from a swelling guitar play. Bowie’s surprise birthday gift to his fans includes a video, directed by Tony Oursler. In the clip Bowie revisits the well that was his Berlin years. He’s seen looking-in on the auto repair store beneath the apartment he lived during the ’70s, as footage flashes past detailing the bleak landscape of the German capital’s recent past. There’s more than a touch of Johnny Cash’s remarkable promo for “Hurt”. There is no news, however, on whether Bowie will tour in support of the album. While only the single “Where Are We Now” is available on iTunes, it also lists the track listing for the deluxe edition of “The Next Day,” which is as follows:

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 Deoes the Grass Grow?
(You Will) Set the World On Fire)
So She (Bonus Track)
I’ll Take You There (Bonus Trac)
Plan (Bonus Track)

Wow! Well, Happy Bowie Day! I’m certain that news of new music from David Bowie is sure to please his legion of fans. The song is haunting, the video beautiful … and I love that both just appeared online and astounded fans did all the work of disseminating the news. This is the way music is introduced to fans these days, I love it! Welcome back, Bowie … as you can see you’ve been sorely missed!!

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  • Krissy

    He did a song with TV on the Radio a few years back. He was really the perfect touch on the song.

    I can’t wait to hear his new music! As a kid I think Bowie went over my head a bit, but as I get older I realize how much I like his sound.

  • kendra

    I was LITERALLY in shock last night when I saw this on Twitter! It came out of nowhere! I love David Bowie so much..I can’t wait for this album..And 66 years old? Man..I want whatever he and Iman are drinking because they both look AMAZING!

  • Emma

    I’m so glad he decided to return, it’s definitely been waaay too long. I have only good things to say about The Next Day after listening to it about 50 times on iTunes, since they have it available for streaming right now. Rock on Bowie!!