The news was confirmed by Bowie's son, the filmmaker Duncan Jones, and on the musician's official website.
[Left: David Bowie with son Duncan Jones; Right: Bowie performs live in 1995]
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"Would be lovely if all of you could spread the word about da's new album. First in ten years, and its a good 'un!" wrote Jones on his Twitter page.
"Also, what better way to knock Taylor feckin' Swift off the top of the charts! ;)"
A press release announcing the new album - titled The Next Day - added: "David is the kind of artist who writes and performs what he wants when he wants...when he has something to say as opposed to something to sell. Today he definitely has something to say."
Watch the video for 'Where Are We Now?':
Bowie celebrates his 66th birthday today (Tuesday, January 8). The Next Day will be released on March 8 in Australia, March 12 in the US and on March 11 in the rest of the world including the UK.
The tracklisting is as follows:
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'
Deluxe edition bonus tracks:
15. 'So She'
16. 'I'll Take You There'
Lead single 'Where Are We Now?' - produced by Bowie's frequent collaborator Tony Visconti - is available to buy as of today.
The Tony Oursler-directed video for the track was first unveiled on Bowie's website.
Digital Spy readers last year voted Bowie's 'Life on Mars' his greatest ever song and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars his best album, in a pair of polls commissioned to celebrate the iconic musician turning 65.
Photo gallery - David Bowie through the years:
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