5:00am PT by Billboard Staff
Sting Releasing First Album of New Music in 10 Years
Sting's first full-length album of new music since 2003's Sacred Love is on the horizon. The singer's publicist tells the New York Times that he'll release The Last Ship on Sept. 24.
The album, which will be released on Cherrytree, Interscope and A&M Records, consists of songs that Sting has written for a new musical of the same name. The show's homecoming story is framed around the declining shipbuilding business in Wallsend, England, where the real life Gordon Sumner grew up.
According to the Times, Sting has been working on the musical for three years, in a collaboration with John Logan and Brian Yorkey. Producers hope to bring the show to Broadway in 2014.
The Last Ship will be Sting's eleventh studio album; his previous three releases, however, have taken various stylistic approaches. He released Songs From the Labyrinth (2006), which consisted of music by John Dowland; the holiday-themed If On a Winter's Night… (2009); and Symphonicities (2010), in which he and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra reinterpreted many of his biggest hits.
Sacred Love, Sting's last full-length album of new pop music, contained collaborations with Vicente Amigo, Anoushka Shankar, and a Grammy-winning duet with Mary J. Blige ("Whenever I Say Your Name"). The album, released on A&M, reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200.