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Birthday Bowie

David Bowie, 66, announces new album, The Next Day

Seventy-eight years ago today, a king was born. His name was Elvis Presley and he ruled rock and roll.

The same day 12 years later, another member of rock royalty came into the world. He was christened the Thin White Duke, also known as David Bowie.

Over the years, he’s been one of music’s great chameleons, constantly tweaking his persona just so. He’s been a space oddity, a spider from Mars, a Queen collaborator, an Iggy Pop mentor, an early digital-music adopter, a supermodel husband, an actor whose diverse roles include Andy Warhol, Nikola Tesla and Pontius Pilate, an innovator, a sophisticate, a total fashion plate and—high above all—a serious artist who is always ready to take a risk.

And now, on the 66th anniversary of his birth, he drops a new single and announces a forthcoming full-length album of brand-new material, his first in a decade.

All we can say is, “And many more.”

Bowie's newest single plus a few of our favorite photos, after the jump.»