David Bowie shot exclusively for this week's NME

Pick up a copy of this week's magazine for the first review of new album 'The Next Day' and the full inside story

David Bowie shot exclusively for this week's NME

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Smashing rumours of retirement, David Bowie returns this month with his first album of new music in nearly a decade, 'The Next Day'.

In this week's NME, you can not only read the definitive review of the brand new album, but also see an exclusive shot of Bowie, orchestrated especially for NME.

NME Editor Mike Williams says: "Staring out from behind the mask are the unmistakable eyes of David Bowie. The shot, taken by his friend Jimmy King exclusively for NME on February 11 in New York, landed in my inbox the next day with a message from Bowie's people: "This is just for you. No-one else has seen this. David would like to be on the cover."

He adds: "I scrolled down to look at the image for the first time, I actually jumped when I saw it. Stuck on my office wall is a portrait of Bowie in classic Ziggy Stardust mode. I flicked between the two and knew this was every bit as iconic. So does it represent his latest incarnation? Is this the first unveiling of the new face of Bowie? The word from New York is that the image is open to interpretation, just like the album. Which, let's face it, is totally David Bowie."

Also inside this week's NME, we've spoken to everyone involved in the making of 'The Next Day'. So pick up a copy, on newsstands from tomorrow (February 27) or available digitally.

Last night (February 26), David Bowie unveiled a brand new track titled 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)'. Scroll down to listen to the song and watch the video, which stars Tilda Swinton as Bowie's wife. The video was directed by Floria Sigismondi, who was also behind the videos for Bowie's 'Little Wonder' in 1996 and 'Dead Man Walking' in 1997. 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)' is now available to purchase digitally.

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