Bowie Says "Guilt" Lead To Pro-Tibet Song

August 6 [14:00 EDT] -- While David Bowie is sure to be pleased with the success his Mandarin Chinese language single, "Seven Years In Tibet," [1MB QuickTime] has found in Hong Kong, others may not be so thrilled.

As we reported on Monday, Bowie has become the first non-Asian artist to land a number one in Hong Kong with the track, but now "Billboard" magazine reports that local observers fear the song's pro-Tibet message may stir a backlash in Beijing against allowing other western music into the country.

For his part, Bowie says that the song stemmed from what he saw as the far-reaching ramifications of the struggle for Tibetan rights.

"It's sort of prompted my guilt to a certain extent," Bowie told MTV News. "I had such a strong interest in Tibet when I was young, and it seems to have dissipated or have been relinquished

somehow over the years. That prompted me to write something about that particular situation. [1.1MB QuickTime] And, in fact, we just did the other day in Toronto a recording for an album, the funds of which will go towards the refugees."

As we reported earlier this week, that song, "Planet of Dreams," is included on a compilation album called "Long Live Tibet," which was just released in England and benefits Tibet House Trust, a charity recognized by the Dalai Lama. It also features tracks from Radiohead, Kula Shaker, Ocean Color Scene with Paul Weller, Björk, Pulp and Blur.

On September 6, Bowie launches a six-week North American tour of clubs, ballrooms and theaters in Vancouver. It wraps up October 18 in Minneapolis.