David Bowie has released a new single and video titled "Where Are We Now."
The English musician debuted his newest single on his website Tuesday morning. The new song launch came with the announcement that Bowie would be releasing on March 12, 2013.
"Where Are We Now" is now available on iTunes as a precursor to "The Next Day," the coming album which was produced by long time collaborator Tony Visconti, according to the Tuesday press release.
In 2006, Bowie announced that he would be taking a break from the music business, which including no on stage performances and no new song writing. The musician has appeared live on stage since.
The launch date of the new album, Jan. 8, also marks the singer's 66th birthday. The album will be his first since his disappearing act.
"A new record...who would have ever thought it, who'd have ever dreamed it!" a statement on Bowie's website read. "After all David is the kind of artist who writes and performs what he wants when he wants...when he has something to say as opposed to something to sell. Today he definitely has something to say."
The accompanying music video to "Where Are We Now" is unique, and reveals Bowie's face in place of a doll. Bowie sings as a film plays in the background, marking names and places.
"The moment you know, you know you know" stands out as one line of lyrics in the video, during which all of the lyrics are written out.
"Now we all know," the press release suggested. "David Bowie has been in the recording studio...just when we least expected it!!"
Fans delighted in Bowie's return.
It is an absolute joy to have David Bowie back!" one fan wrote on The Hollywood Reporter blog. "The song is a sweet nod to Berlin and he sounds amazing. The man is 66 and can still show the young, auto tune hacks how it's done! Beautiful!"