The Next Day not released until March 2013
Ashley Clements

13:13 9th January 2013

David Bowie looks set to break all kinds of records with his first album in ten years, with The Next Day hitting the iTunes No.1 spot two months ahead of its release.

The pop legend is already on course to grab his first No.1 single since 1983 as his 'Where Are We Now?' ballad reached the top of the iTunes chart within hours of its release.

Bowie's return was a shock to many who had given up on ever seeing the icon back in action. The lead single has recieved critical acclaim and sparked rumours of world tours, guest appearances and a Glastonbury headline spot.

However, Bowie's long-term producer, Tony Viconti has revealed that the album is nothing like the hugely popular first single, 'Where Are We Now?'

The album cover for David Bowie's The Next Day

Viconti told BBC News: "It's maybe the only track on the album that goes this much inward for him. I thought to myself: 'Why is David coming out with this very slow, albeit beautiful, ballad? ... He should come out with a bang.'

"But [David] is a master of his own life. I think this was a very smart move, linking the past with the future, and I think the next thing you hear from him is going to be quite different."

The Next Day is not due for release until March, but can be pre-ordered via iTunes now.

Below: all the facts on David Bowie's next album, The Next Day

  • 1. David Bowie's last album 'Reality' was released in 2003 - The Next Day will be his first album for ten long years.

  • 2. The Next Day will be his 30th studio recording.

  • 3. Public withdrawal led to rumours of poor health which he has always denied. Bowie has concentrated on spending time with his wife and daughter in New York.

  • 4. The new album The Next Day is set to be released in March 2013. Release dates have been confirmed as follows: March 8 - Australia. March 11 - Rest of world excluding USA, March 12 - USA.

  • 5. The new single and album releases have sparked rumours of live dates and a Glastonbury performance. This speculation is yet to be confirmed. Bowie has not performed live since 2006 at the Royal Albert Hall.

  • 6. 'The Next Day' was recorded in New York and produced by long-term Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti.

  • 7. First single 'Where Are We Now?' was met with positive critical response when released on 8 January 2013. Fans all over the world took to Twitter to express their delight at the return of an icon.

  • 8. The tracklisting has been announced as well as a deluxe version that includes three bonus songs. These can be pre-ordered vis iTunes today.
    1. The Next Day 3:51
    2. Dirty Boys 2:58
    3. The Stars (Are Out Tonight) 3:56
    4. Love Is Lost 3:57
    5. Where Are We Now? 4:08
    6. Valentine's Day 3:01
    7. If You Can See Me 3:16
    8. I'd Rather Be High 3:53
    9. Boss Of Me 4:09
    10. Dancing Out In Space 3:24
    11. How Does The Grass Grow 4:33
    12. (You Will) Set The World On Fire 3:30
    13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die 4:41
    14. Heat 4:25

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