Sting

Is Nothing 'Sacred'?

StingSting's new studio album, "Sacred Love," arrives this week in North America via A&M/Interscope. The set is the former Police frontman's first since 1999's "Brand New Day," which peaked at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 3.5 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The album's first single, "Send Your Love," is No. 32 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart. "Sacred Love" was produced by Sting and Kipper, who handled keyboards and drum programming on "Brand New Day." Other highlights include the peppy, electronica-addled "Never Coming Home," the convincing rocker "This War" and the Mary J. Blige duet "Whenever I Say Your Name."

An accompanying DVD of Sting and his touring band performing the album tracks in Los Angeles will be broadcast on A&E and released in stores next month. Sting has also been named the 2003 recipient of the Century Award, Billboard's highest honor for creative achievement. The award will be presented to the former Police frontman Dec. 10 at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.