June 22, 2015

Sting Joins Ivy Levan on New Duet 'Killing You'...

Excessive drama may not be good for romantic relationships, but it can make for great song material, as evident in this exclusive premiere of “Killing You” from Ivy Levan featuring Sting. The propulsive, melodic track from Levan’s Aug. 7 full-length Cherrytree/Interscope debut album, No Good, opens with a thumping bass, played by Cherrytree Records founder Martin Kierszenbaum, as Levan, 27, and Sting, 63, trade lines about someone who can’t help but sabotage her love liaisons before coming together for some delicious harmonies. Levan, who wrote the song with her two primary collaborators, Lucas Banker and Patrick Nissley, as well as Kierszenbaum and Sting, admits she used to be her own worst enemy when it came to love. “I, in past relationships, have tended to go all in and was pretty crazy when it came to love and would battle with that,” the Bentonville, Ark., native says. “I would do the whole sabotaging thing with fights and what not and it would end up being a really bad break up. I think a lot of people can relate.” Kierszenbaum introduced Levan to Sting, who is also on the label, at a Cherrytree event in November 2013. “I was like, ‘You have to let me meet him! Oh my God!’ and then we just instantly clicked and it became a really good friendship from there,” she says. So much so that shortly thereafter, Sting invited Levan to perform The Beatles’ “Drive My Car” with him on The Late Show with David Letterman in February 2014. The mutual admiration society continues with “Killing You.” Banker, Nissley and Levan has already written the bulk of the song before they played it for Sting, who “jumped on the boat and added his magic to it,” Levan says. The trio traveled to New York to track the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s vocals. And for the developing artist, it was as surreal an experience as one would imagine. “He’s in the vocal [booth] singing and you’re like, ‘Wow. That’s the voice I grew up with. That’s the iconic Sting that my mom played in the car’,” Levan says. “”It was very nostalgic in a way, but it felt very natural when we were working together.” Despite helping introduce her daughter to Sting’s music, Levan’s mom, unfortunately, was not invited to the studio. “No, no, no,” Levan laughs. “She would have lost her mind. She wouldn’t have been able to handle it.” Sting’s vocal on “Killing You” marks a rare recent pop appearance for the rock star; he sung the lead on Afrojack’s EDM track, “Catch Tomorrow,” from the Dutch DJ’s 2014 album, Forget The World. Sting’s last album of pop-oriented material was 2003’s Sacred Love album. The future single is available as an instant gratification track when fans pre-order No Good starting tomorrow (23). Banker and Nissley produced the bulk of No Good, while Diplo produced the track, “27 Club.” The smoky-voiced Levan, who released the Introducing the Dame EP in 2013 on Cherrytree, can also be heard singing “Who Can You Trust,” the title song to Spy, the No. 1 comedy in the country. For Levan, she’ll continue trusting in Sting, who has given her some pretty solid advice. “He said, ‘Just keep doing Ivy.’ He was very complimentary in that he saw that my vision was very me,” she says. “I was like, ‘Alright, as long as you keep being Sting.” (c) Billboard by Melinda Newman

June 15, 2015

Sting features on new James Taylor album...

Before This World, five-time Grammy Award winner James Taylor's long-awaited new album, is his first collection of new material since 2002's October Road. Taylor wrote and recorded much of Before This World while touring over the past several years. Special guests include Sting and Yo-Yo Ma who both feature on the title track...

June 11, 2015

CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU: SURVIVING THE POLICE Launches On Demand Exclusively with Vimeo!

Following a successful multi-city North American theatrical release by Cinema Libre Studio, The Police documentary inspired by Andy Summers’ memoir One Train Later, Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police, is being released today exclusively on Vimeo On Demand for $4.99 rental or $12.99 digital download (US & Canada)...


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June 09, 2015

Sting and Trudie host family day for children's hospice...

Julia’s House families became the guests of Sting and Trudie Styler after the couple hosted an event for them in the grounds of their Wiltshire home. More than 170 of the mums, dads and children supported by the Dorset and Wiltshire Children’s Hospices enjoyed a relaxing day in the beautiful gardens near Amesbury...


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June 04, 2015

“All This Time” - Live from the Sage Gateshead...

Check out this new video created exclusively for Sting.com, filmed in April 2015 over the course of Sting’s benefit concerts at the Sage Gateshead in Newcastle. Featuring a live performance of “All This Time,” Sting and the band discuss what it means to perform songs from “The Last Ship” at the Sage, in the town that helped craft this body of work.


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June 03, 2015

'The Last Ship' Musical to Dock in Scandinavia...

"The Last Ship" is sailing to Scandinavia. The show, with music and lyrics by Sting, will be produced in Norway, Sweden and Finland over the next two years, according to a spokesman. Sting is in talks about possible productions in his native United Kingdom, as well as in Germany and Eastern Europe, the spokesman said.


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June 02, 2015

Sting to perform at Bryn Terfel celebration concert in London on October 20th...

Sting will be among the special guests joining Bryn Terfel on stage for a one-off concert at the Royal Albert Hall to celebrate the opera star’s 50th birthday. Also joining him are sopranos Danielle de Niese and Rebecca Evans, harpists Catrin Finch and Hannah Stone, musical theatre star Daniel Evans, and trumpet soloist Alison Balsom, who headlined the Hall with a solo recital last October.

May 23, 2015

Sting on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon...

Sting appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on May 22 where he chatted to Jimmy about his wines and The Last Ship. Watch the video....


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