Out of seemingly nowhere, David Bowie has emerged from retirement with the release of a new single and a release date for a new album, the singer’s first in since 2003′s ‘Reality’. Bowie’s official website was switched to a new design in the middle of the night, complete with a splash page making the announcement. The album, entitled ‘The Next Day’, will be released in Australia on March 8th, followed by an American release on March 12. The lead single, ‘Where Are We Now?’, is already available on iTunes, where the full album is available for pre-order. You can also watch the video below.

Well this is random. Like, really random. Bowie’s been pretty much out of the public eye since he won the Lifetime Achievement Award Grammy in 2006, and there haven’t been any big rumors of him being in the studio. So it’s kind of shocking that he just busts out not only a new song, but a full music video, at midnight on his 66th birthday. Random, but awesome. Here’s hoping to a tour.

Pre-order info is available at iTunes or DavidBowie.com

The Next Day:

1. The Next Day
2. Dirty Boys
3. The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
4. Love is Lost
5. Where Are We Now?
6. Valentine’s Day
7. If You Can See Me
8. I’d Rather Be High
9. Boss of Me
10. Dancing Out in Space
11. How Does the Grass Grow?
12. (You Will) Set the World on Fire
13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die
14. Heat

Bonus tracks:

15. So She
16. I’ll Take You There
17. Plan