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|There you are! David Bowie surfaces in New York just... as new single reaches number 6 in the UK charts
By Fay Strang and Chloe Thomas
PUBLISHED: 13:14 GMT, 14 January 2013
He is one of the world's most lauded musicians.
Choosing to live a reclusive lifestyle since suffering a heart attack in 2004, David Bowie is rarely seen in public.
But yesterday the 66-year-old was spotted running errands in his home town of the Big Apple.
Wrapping up against the cold in a large, black padded jacket and gloves, the singer looked like every other chipper New Yorker going about their business.
A rare sighting: The legendary singer is seen doing a spot of shopping in his hometown of New York
Perhaps Bowie, who was once dubbed 'The White Duke' in his heyday, has been buoyed by the success of his his new song Where Are We Now which has reached number six in the singles charts.
Last week he delighted fans when he broke his ten year silence and released the haunting new single.
A living legend: David Bowie wraps up against the cold while running errands in New York
But despite the enthusiasm from David Bowie fans, the Official Charts Company had warned that sales of the song would not count towards this week's top 40 because many were tied to orders for his new album.
However they were eventually able to break the sales down further, allowing it to reach sixth place in the UK singles chart, making it his first top ten hit in over a decade.
A question mark originally arose around the fact that anyone who has pre-ordered the 66-year-old's album The Next Day has been given the song for free, and only paid-for tracks pass the test for the chart.
Surprise: David Bowie released Where Are We Now? on Tuesday without warning and it has gone in at number six in the charts
But the organisation decided that paid-for downloads of Bowie's song will still make it a chart contender, although retailers such as iTunes were required to provide separate figures for paid for downloads.
The haunting single, released after a ten year recording silence, is a reflective piece, harking back to the singer's experience of living in Berlin during the 1970s.
Haunting: The track, which is on his album The Next Day, nearly missed out on being in the charts
Many fans had given up hope of him ever recording again after he appeared to retreat from the public eye, with some fleeting performances in 2006.
And now that he's back, eager Bowie followers have stopped at nothing to show their enthusiasm for the rock star's return.
His new album, The Next Day is out in March but has already topped the iTunes chart with advance orders.
Simple: It was thought that Bowie had completely retired from music after taking a ten year break
The forthcoming album has already claimed the top spot on 17 countries ITunes Store Top 10 Albums charts, Including the UK, France, Germany and Canada.
Scheduled for March 12 release, The Next Day has also made the top ten lists in five other countries including the US, Japan and Australia.
Meanwhile in the UK charts Will.i.am secured his second UK number one single as a lead artist as Scream and Shout - featuring Britney Spears - climbed from number two.
Taylor Swift's track I Knew You Were Trouble moved up three places to two, while last week's chart-topper James Arthur fell to third with Impossible.
Scottish DJ Calvin Harris's release Drinking from the Bottle leapt from 15 to five, but he missed out on a double success after dropping to number two in the albums chart.
Emeli Sande's debut Our Version of Events returned to the top, while singer songwriter Jake Bugg took third position with his self-titled album.
Rihanna's Unapologetic dropped to four, while music from the film Les Miserables entered at number five.