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The Next Day is the 25th studio album by the English musician David Bowie (pictured), released in March 2013. It was his first studio release in ten years, as Bowie had retreated from public view after undergoing surgery for a blocked artery in 2004. Co-produced by Bowie and Tony Visconti, the album was recorded in secret in New York City between May 2011 and October 2012. Primarily an art-rock album, The Next Day references Bowie's earlier glam and funk releases. The album was released through ISO Records in association with Columbia Records. The lead single, "Where Are We Now?", and news of the album were posted online on 8 January 2013, Bowie's 66th birthday, surprising fans who thought that he had retired from music. The Next Day topped charts worldwide and debuted at number one and two on the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200, respectively. Bowie's highest-charting US album to date, it was praised by critics as Bowie's best in decades and placed on several year-end lists. (Full article...)

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Arthur Balfour (1848–1930) was a British statesman and Conservative politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1902 to 1905. During his time as Foreign Secretary in the Lloyd George ministry, he issued the Balfour Declaration in 1917 on behalf of the Cabinet, which supported a "home for the Jewish people" in Mandatory Palestine. During his tenure as prime minister, Balfour passed the Land Purchase (Ireland) Act 1903, which bought most Anglo-Irish land in the UK, as well as the Education Act 1902, which had a major long-term impact in modernising the school system in England and Wales. He secured the Entente Cordiale, an alliance that ended centuries of intermittent conflict between Britain and France and their predecessor states. This photographic portrait of Balfour was taken by George Charles Beresford in 1902.

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