Sting's new studio album, "Sacred Love," will be released Sept. 23 in North America by A&M/Interscope and a day earlier internationally.

Sting's new studio album, "Sacred Love," will be released Sept. 23 in North America by A&M/Interscope and a day earlier internationally. As previously reported, 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 new set's first single, "Send Your Love," is due to hit U.S. radio outlets in late summer, in tandem with a video. A commercial single for "Send Your Love" will follow in September. The full tracklist was not available at deadline, but a spokesperson says Mary J. Blige guests on the cut "Whenever I Say Your Name," while Anoushka Shankar appears on "Book of My Life."

"Sacred Love" was produced by Sting and Kipper, who handled keyboards and drum programming on "Brand New Day." Following the album's completion in Paris last month, Sting and his touring band were filmed playing the tracks on-stage at Los Angeles' Mayan Theatre. That footage will make up a documentary to be broadcast in early October on A&E and released as an expanded DVD on Oct. 7.

Sting is expected to tour heavily behind "Sacred Love," beginning in early 2004. He will make a number of TV appearances around the album's release date, including a previously announced Oct. 2 performance on NBC's "Today" show. The artist has been in the spotlight of late thanks to his appearance on the Craig David single "Rise & Fall," which is based around the melody of Sting's "Shape of My Heart." The David track reached No. 2 earlier this month on the U.K. singles chart.

As previously reported, Sting will contribute a new song for DMZ's "Cold Mountain" soundtrack, due in September.

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