The Straits Times
Published on Jan 09, 2013

David Bowie single tops iTunes chart, critics are largely impressed


LONDON (REUTERS) - Fans welcomed the return of David Bowie, and the hashtags #Bowie and #DavidBowie were trending on Twitter after his first new song in nearly a decade was launched.

Where Are We Now? shot to the top of the British iTunes chart mere hours after it was released on Tuesday morning, the day the British rock icon turned 66 years old.

Early reaction from the public to the song, by one of pop music's most gifted and enigmatic figures was mixed, but critics were largely impressed.

Where Are We Now?, produced by long-term collaborator Tony Visconti, is a melancholic look back to the time Bowie spent in Berlin in the 1970s with an accompanying video featuring black-and-white footage of the city when it was still divided.