11.06.09 Sting's 'If On A Winter's Night...' enjoyed a great first week of release in the USA, entering the top 200 album chart in the #6 position, and going straight in at #1 on both the Holiday Album chart and the Classical album chart...



Sting's 'If On A Winter's Night...' enjoyed a great first week of release in the USA, entering the top 200 album chart in the #6 position, and going straight in at #1 on both the Holiday Album chart and the Classical album chart (the latter repeating the feat of 'Songs From The Labyrinth'). The album also entered the Canadian charts in the #11 position.
Be sure to tune in to "In Tune" on BBC Radio 3 at 5pm today to hear presenter Sean Rafferty presenting a selection of music and guests from the arts world. Composer, singer, actor and activist Sting joins Sean in studio to talk about his new album "If on a Winter's Night", an exploration of the themes and emotions of winter. Visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/ to listen online...
The frost is on the pumpkin this weekend, but Sting's new album provides a glimpse into the heart of winter. It's called If on a Winter's Night, and it's a collection of mostly traditional songs - and a few modern ones - about the season to come. It's not a Christmas album, exactly, in the sense of Bing Crosby or Nat King Cole. The songs here evoke a season that celebrates self-seeking, selfless love and mystery as much as chestnuts roasting on an open fire...
Sting joined Jools Halland this week when he appeared on the latest edition of "Later Live with Jools Holland". The live 30 minute version of the show was broadcast on Tuesday, November 3 when Sting performed "The Snow It Melts The Soonest" accompanied by Dominic Miller and Ira Coleman. The full recorded 60 minute show premieres on BBC1 at 10pm on November 6, and will feature Sting performing "Christmas at Sea" accomapnied by Mary MacMaster, Dominic Miller and Ira Coleman, and an interview between Sting and Jools...
Sting and his Tale: For more than 30 years, every little thing this singer/songwriter does has been magic, and he's not done yet. Chatting to Sting is like talking to a wise old owl, albeit one that's morphed from a proud cockerel who once strutted his colourful plumage and ruffled feathers around the globe. Heaven knows how he manages to sound casually philosophical and self-deprecating at the same time; it's quite a feat considering he made his name as the spiky haired, egocentric British frontman of The Police (alongside Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers) - one of the biggest bands of the early '80s. Add a string of hugely successful solo albums after the trio's tumultuous split in 1984, at the peak of their popularity, and his celebrity was cemented. But it was his habit of rubbing shoulders with the likes of Sir Bob Geldof and Bono, and entree into environmentalism long before the rest of us jumped on the green bandwagon, that sold us the idea he was more than some flash-in-the-pan rock god...
10.30.09GALORE
Sting - "Let it die. Kill it, Kill Rock!" 14.7.2009, London. The sun is blazing outside. Inside, it is comfortably cool. However, not as cool as the title of Gordon Sumner's upcoming album in October: "If On A Winter's Night" celebrates the coldest, but according to him, most beautiful and fragile season. In an elaborate, led by Sting's typically short but precise way, he tells that he doesn't only love snow as such. The one-time-only Police comeback and its background, his son's music or a life in spirit of Tantra are just as interesting to talk about...