IT’S HIS 66th birthday, but we get the gift. It’s also Elvis Presley’s birthday (TCM aired some of his movies today). But Bowie’s very much alive and he’s not only unleashing a new song, but a new album, too.

The song, available on iTunes and free to view on his re-launched website, was recorded in New York and will be followed by Bowie’s first studio album since 2003, “The Next Day”, due out in Australia on March 8 and the United States on March 12. [Reuters]

First reviews of the song are overwhelmingly positive.

Bowie’s new song – Where are we now? – is free of such bluster “” it’s gentle, elegiac and stunningly beautiful.