British singer-songwriter David Bowie ended years of speculation in the music world by releasing his first single in a decade to mark his 66th birthday Tuesday.
The track - Where Are We Now? - appeared on iTunes with an accompanying video on the star's website. The melancholic song, which reflects on Bowie's time in Berlin from 1976 to 1979, appeared to be an instant hit with fans.
In it, Bowie, his voice seeming older and more world-weary, lists some of his favourite haunts with the repeated line "just walking the dead."
Bowie, who shot to fame with Space Oddity in the 1960s, released his last album, Reality, in 2003. The new single will also be followed by an album, The Next Day, in March.
The new track was recorded in New York and produced by the singer's long-term collaborator, Tony Visconti.
Bowie had not performed since 2006 and was rarely seen in public. His long silence and withdrawal from the public scene encouraged rumours of the singer's poor health, although this has been consistently denied by him and his agents.
An exhibition charting his life is set to open at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in March.
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