It’s David Bowie’s 66th birthday today, and he’s celebrating the occasion by making his new album available to pre-order. The Next Day is Bowie’s first record in ten years, and those who pre-order it through iTunes will get a bonus track early. You can download your copy today.
The Next Day is scheduled for release on March 12. In the meantime, those who pre-order through iTunes can enjoy “Where Are We Now?” right away. The track itself is priced at $1.29, and you’ll be charged for it after downloading. The remainder of the album’s cost will be charged when it becomes available.
The Next Day will be available in two form. The regular version, which features 14 tracks, is priced at $11.99. The deluxe version, which offers three additional bonus tracks, and 17 tracks in total, is priced at $13.99.
Interestingly, Bowie predicted in 2002 that by 2012, record labels and copyright wouldn’t exist, and that music would be available “like running water or electricity.”
Although he wasn’t quite spot-on, some of his predictions were amazingly accurate. We do still have record labels and copyright, but services like Spotify and Rdio, with their massive databases of music that we can enjoy as and when we please, have made music as easily accessible as running water.