Sting releasing new album

JAM! Music

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Sting is set to release his first studio album in four years, according to his official web site.

"Sacred Love," produced by Sting and his keyboardist Kipper, will hit North American retail outlets on September 23.

The first single, "Send Your Love," is due to hit radio in late June with a commercial release scheduled for September.

The album includes a guest appearance by Mary J. Blige who contributes vocals on the track "Whenever I Say Your Name."

After completing "Sacred Love" in Paris last month, Sting and his band flew to Los Angeles to record a performance DVD of the new material at the Mayan Theatre.

The DVD, which will also include some old material as well as the new songs, will be released in early October.

Sting is also planning a world tour in early 2004.

Sting's last studio effort, 1999's "Brand New Day," has sold over 262,000 copies in Canada, according to Nielsen SoundScan.


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