David Bowie has released a new single – Where Are We Now? – ahead of his first new album in a decade.

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The legendary singer released the song – a slow ballad – to coincide with his 66th birthday today (08.01.13), while the album The Next Day, will be available from March.

His son, film director Duncan Jones, announced the news on Twitter this morning.

In a series of tweets, he said: “So… First off, its midnight in NY. That means, a HUGE HAPPY BIRTHDAY is in order to my very lovely, very talented dad!

“Been ten years since his last album….

“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! (sic)”

The single – produced by long-term collaborator Tony Visconti and written by Bowie and was recorded in New York – is accompanied by a video directed by Tony Oursler that pays homage to Bowie’s time in Berlin, with his face projected onto the body of a puppet.

Bowie – who first shot to fame in the late 60s – has not performed live since 2006 and has rarely been seen in public since then.

He turned down the opportunity to appear at the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony in London despite a personal plea by director Danny Boyle.