David Bowie’s first single in ten years, Where Are We Now, has gone straight to number one. As reported by NME, Bowie has returned and taken out the top spot on the UK iTunes charts on the day of its release.
Bowie’s return saw the celebrated singer pass the likes of Taylor Swift, Rihanna and will.i.am’s Scream & Shout featuring Britney Spears on his way to number one.
The single’s success has apparently inspired bookies to give Bowie’s forthcoming album The Next Day 6-1 odds that it’ll go number one, and 9-1 odds that Bowie will have an official number one single off the album in the UK.
The Next Day is expected for Australian release March 8 and DIY has posted an image of the cover art. The cover (included below) is a edited version of the photograph from Bowie’s 1977 album Heroes.
Jonathan Barnbrook, the artist behind the image, explained the reworked album cover design on his blog.
“We wanted to do something different with it – very difficult in an area where everything has been done before – but we dare to think this is something new.” He wrote. “Normally using an image from the past means, ‘recycle’ or ‘greatest hits’ but here we are referring to the title The Next Day. The “Heroes” cover obscured by the white square is about the spirit of great pop or rock music which is ‘of the moment’, forgetting or obliterating the past.
“However, we all know that this is never quite the case, no matter how much we try, we cannot break free from the past. When you are creative, it manifests itself in every way – it seeps out in every new mark you make (particularly in the case of an artist like Bowie). It always looms large and people will judge you always in relation to your history, no matter how much you try to escape it.”
Dave Bowie – The Next Day – Tracklist
‘The Next Day’
‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)’
‘Love Is Lost’
‘Where Are We Now?’
‘If You Can See Me’
‘I’d Rather Be High’
‘Boss Of Me’
‘Dancing Out In Space’
‘How Does The Grass Grow’
‘(You Will) Set The World On Fire’
‘You Feel So Lonely You Could Die’
Deluxe Version – Bonus Tracks
‘I’ll Take You There’
Watch: David Bowie – Where Are We Now