David Bowie had a special surprise for his fans on his 66th birthday -- a new single from his new album, which is his first in about 10 years.
A music video for the new song, "Where Are We Now?," was posted on his website on Tuesday, January 8 (watch the video here). The ballad, which is also available on iTunes, is the lead single from Bowie's upcoming new album and 30th studio recording, "The Next Day," which is due in March and is set to contain at least 14 new songs.
In the "Where Are We Now?" clip, Bowie's face is superimposed on a graphic of a conjoined, four-legged creature, who sit on a small table in front of a projector screen in a cluttered room. His on-screen sister stares motionless as he sings.
Bowie is also seen in a full body shot, wearing a T-shirt that says "Song of Norway." That is the name of a 1944 operetta that was made into a 1970 film that starred the singer's then-girlfriend Hermione Farthingale, according to the Radio Times. Bowie has been married to supermodel and second wife Iman since 1992. They have a 12-year-old daughter. He also has an adult son, Duncan Jones, from his first marriage.
"Would be lovely if all of you could spread the word about da's new album. First in ten years, and its a good 'un!" Jones said on Twitter on Monday.
Bowie's long-term collaborator Tony Visconti produced the 'Where Are We Now?" video and Bowie wrote the song and recorded it in New York, a message on the singer's website states.
"The single is accompanied by a haunting video, directed by Tony Oursler, which harks back to David's time in Berlin," it adds. "He is seen looking in on footage of the auto repair shop beneath the apartment he lived in along with stark images of the city at the time and a lyric constantly raising the question 'Where Are We Now?'"
"'The moment you know, you know you know' resonates from the new single's lyric. Now we all know ... David Bowie has been in the recording studio ... just when we least expected it!!" it says.
Bowie, one of the most famous rock stars in the world, last released a major record in 2003 -- the album "Reality," which contained the singles "New Killer Star," "Never Gets Old" and "Rebel Rebel" as well as a mash-up of the two. The songs entered the top 100 in Bowie's native United Kingdom but never charted in the United States.
Bowie rose to fame as a glam rocker in the late 1960s, with singles such as "Space Oddity." He also became known as his flashy alter ego Ziggy Stardust.
He found more mainstream success in the 1970s and 1980s with songs such as "Heroes" -- sampled in the 2001 movie "Moulin Rouge!," as well as "Let's Dance," "Modern Love," "China Girl" and a cover of "Dancing In The Street" with the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger.
Bowie is also an actor and played Jareth the Goblin King in the 1986 cult film "Labyrinth." His most recent acting role was in the 2008 independent film "August."
Bowie, who is notoriously private, has not performed in public since 2006, although that year, he did give a small sampling of a performance as himself in an episode of Ricky Gervais' comedy series "Extras." It is unclear whether he plans to go on tour to promote his new album.
Check out a track listing for David Bowie's new album, "The Next Day":Standard Version: 1. "The Next Day
2. "Dirty Boys
3. "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)"
4. "Love Is Lost"
5. "Where Are We Now?"
6. "Valentine's Day"
7. "If You Can See Me"
8. "I'd Rather Be High"
9. "Boss Of Me"
10. "Dancing Out In Space"
11. "How Does The Grass Grow"
12. "(You Will) Set The World On Fire"
13. "You Feel So Lonely You Could Die"
15. "So She"
16. "I'll Take You There"