January 9, 2013 16:40

David Bowie's comeback single ruled out of official singles chart

'Where Are We Now?' does not count because its release is linked to a pre-order of Bowie's new album

David Bowie's comeback single ruled out of official singles chart

Photo: Press/Jimmy King

David Bowie's surprise comeback single will not appear on this week's UK singles chart – despite reaching Number One on iTunes.

'Where Are We Now?' became available to download yesterday morning (January 8 2013) after Bowie announced the release of his first album in 10 years. Titled 'The Next Day', the LP will be released in the UK and most nations worldwide on March 11.

By 3pm yesterday, the track had rocketed to Number One on the iTunes "Top Songs" chart in the UK, leapfrogging hits by Rihanna, Taylor Swift and will.i.am feat Britney Spears.

'Where Are We Now?' is available to purchase by itself for 99p, but the track downloads automatically for fans who choose to pre-order the album on iTunes. Because of this, it has been ruled out of the UK singles chart.

The Official Charts Company explained in a statement: "Owing to chart rules which are agreed in partnership with UK record companies and retailers, data relating to the David Bowie single 'Where Are We Now?' cannot currently be counted towards the official singles charts, as the release is linked to an album pre-order promotion and it is not possible to distinguish album sales from track sales from the retail data received. Should it become possible in the future for regular track sales to be distinguished from album pre-order incentive purchases, then these sales can be counted towards the chart."

Bowie, who turned 66 yesterday, has kept an incredibly low profile in recent years and shocked fans with this week's unexpected album news. His last LP, 'Reality', came out back in 2003. The full tracklisting for 'The Next Day' is as follows:

'The Next Day'
'Dirty Boys'
'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)'
'Love Is Lost'
'Where Are We Now?'
'Valentine's Day'
'If You Can See Me'
'I'd Rather Be High'
'Boss Of Me'
'Dancing Out In Space'
'How Does The Grass Grow'
'(You Will) Set The World On Fire'
'You Feel So Lonely You Could Die'
'Heat'


Deluxe Version bonus tracks

'So She'
'I'll Take You There'
'Plan'


6 amazing things about David Bowie's 'Where Are We Now?'


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