Sting's new album, 44/876, is a collaboration with reggae artist Shaggy, and it's out today (Friday),
The two were introduced by Sting's manager, Martin Kierszenbaum, who is Shaggy’s former A&R man. Sting heard a track Shaggy was working on and they hit the studio to record what became the first single, "Don’t Make Me Wait." That session went so well that they decided to work on a full album in New York.
Sting and Shaggy on their friendship:
Sting, aware of the fact that release date is 4/20, which is a code in cannabis culture that refers to the consumption of marijuana, especially smoking weed around 4:20 p.m., jokes that they almost titled the album Joint Venture.
Another Sting-related release is out this weekend. A seven-inch reissue of The Police's "Roxanne" will be out tomorrow (Saturday), Record Store Day. Originally released in April 1978, it was the first single from the band's debut album Outlandos d'Amour.