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Sunday 28 December 2014

YouTube backtracks on Bowie ban

David Bowie's video was taken off YouTube
David Bowie's video was taken off YouTube

David Bowie's controversial new music video is back online after YouTube reverted its ban.

The promo for The Next Day single - which features the singer as a Christ-like figure, Gary Oldman as a priest and Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard as a prostitute - was removed from the video streaming site after it was claimed it "contravened their terms of use".

But the gory video, which shows Marion spraying blood from a stigmata in her wrists, is back on the site with an adult-only over-18 rating

A YouTube spokesperson told Billboard: "With the massive volume of videos on our site, sometimes we make the wrong call. When it's brought to our attention that a video has been removed mistakenly, we act quickly to reinstate it."

The video was written and created by Bowie and directed by the Italian filmmaker Floria Sigismondi.

The Next Day is the title track from the 66-year-old musician's latest album, which was released in March. It marked his comeback to music, as Bowie had stepped out of the spotlight following a heart attack in 2004.

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