May 04, 2018

For The Culture: Sting And Shaggy On Collaboration, Comfort Zones And The Caribbean...

To the naked eye, the collaborative duo of musician Sting, formerly of The Police, and reggae star Shaggy is an unlikely pairing. The announcement of their joint album 44/876 raised a fair share of questions from inquisitive music fans. However, thanks to a few singles that dropped prior to the LP’s release, it was clear this was a match made in music heaven...

March 23, 2018

“I call him the Pope of Jamaica”: An encounter with Shaggy and Sting...

Perhaps it is not as odd as it seems. For a start, they both have “ridiculous names”, says Sting, “which people no longer question”. Shaggy and Sting were born Orville and Gordon. Their nicknames arrived in their youth: Sting’s, from a black-and-yellow striped jumper he wore in his days as bass player in a Newcastle jazz band – even his mother called him Sting. Shaggy’s, from his resemblance, at the age of 12 when he was living in Jamaica, to the character from Scooby-Doo – his mother calls him Richard...

March 12, 2018

Interview: Sting & Shaggy talk to Reggaeville about 44/876...

Shaggy & Sting - The 44/876 Interview. It was quite a bomb that dropped when superstars Shaggy and Sting announced to be working on an album together. 44/876 is the title of the surprising record ready to be released on April 20. How they got together, what the extraordinary songs and lyrics inspired, and who the better pool player is, is what they told Munchy in an in-depth Skype interview from New York...

February 03, 2018

Sting and Shaggy on Their New Island-Inspired Album: 'The Way We Made It Was Joyful'...

Sting stands behind Shaggy, resting his chin on the Jamaican rapper’s shoulder in a small room at Sear Sound in Midtown Manhattan. As they listen to unmixed tracks for their April 20 Caribbean-flavored album 44/876, Daddy Yankee is across the hall laying down vocals for a song on the set and longtime Sting collaborator Branford Marsalis wanders in to add soprano saxophone flourishes...

 

May 29, 2017

Ahead of the Upcoming Hong Kong Show Sting Talked to the South China Morning Post...

Ahead of Hong Kong show, Sting talks about new album, the deaths of fellow pop icons, and what he loves about the city. In an exclusive interview ahead of June 3 gig, the British music legend reveals that mortality was a key theme of album 57th & 9th, and wonders why Englishman in New York is a fan favourite in Hong Kong...

December 01, 2016

Sting's Salvation: Songwriter Opens Up to Rolling Stone About Dark Obsessions, Rock Rebirth...

Sting sits on a stool in a rehearsal space on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. He cradles his bass and waits for drummer Vinnie Colaiuta to count in "50,000," a rocking lament to Bowie, Prince, Lemmy and others lost this year. It's from 57th & 9th, his first rock album in 13 years. His Springsteen-esque biceps pop out of a gray T-shirt...

November 14, 2016

Sting Talks Tour & New Album 57th & 9th...

Today, the most famed Englishman in New York announced the 57th & 9th tour, spanning across North America and into Europe. His first rock album in more than ten years, 57th & 9th was debuted at a set of sold out shows at NYC’s Irving Plaza earlier in November. It was also confirmed that Sting would be performing the re-opening of the Bataclan in Paris. There’s clearly a lot we need to catch up on with the former Police frontman, so we’re bringing you this interview with Sting about his new music and so much more. Grab a cuppa, and happy reading!

November 13, 2016

Faster Louder interview...

I sit down with Sting. He’s been in Melbourne since at least Saturday – where he performed three songs at the AFL Grand Final. He opened his brief set on the day with ‘I Can’t Stop Thinking About You’ – a bold choice, opening a concise, crowd-pleasing set with a new composition. But save for the lack of familiarity, it holds up somewhat amongst the Police mega-hits that follow...

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