Sting & Shaggy Talk Accidental On-Stage Meeting That Led to Their Album on 'The Tonight Show': Watch

Sting & Shaggy
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Sting and Shaggy during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on April 23, 2018. 

Once you wrap your head around the fact that "It Wasn't Me" star Shaggy and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sting have released a tropical-infused album, 44/876, the next question is undoubtedly, "wait, how?"    

Well, the peculiar pair dropped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night (Apr. 23) to explain just how the unique project came to fruition. “He just walked onstage during Roxanne,” Sting said as he sat with his hand on the Jamaican singer's shoulder while rocking a black fitted bomber jacket and striped T-shirt. “I thought it was Sean Paul," he joked, with the pair admitting that once they got together they realized their voices worked very well together.    

Shaggy, wearing a green suede bomber jacket of his own, said that his original intention was just to have Sting on “Don’t Make Me Wait,” which ended up being the album's lead single. "He walked in singing it," Shaggy said about getting together with Sting in the studio, "and we realized our voices really blended, and we had such fun with that,” Shaggy said.    

The two artists also talked about traveling to Jamaica in January to perform at Shaggy's Shaggy and Friends' charity event, which Shaggy said was a monumental success. "It's the Bustamente Hospital for children, it's the only children's hospital in the English speaking Caribbean," Shaggy said, "we made close to a million [dollars.]" A slightly more intense gig took place at the Queen of England’s 92nd birthday party on Saturday (Apr. 21). “The gig wasn’t going very well,” Sting admitted to Fallon, “So [Shaggy] looked at me and said shall I go out there? And I [say] go ahead, so he heads out into the audience and he’s heading for the royal box and I thought oh no please don’t molest the queen!”   

In addition to talking about the album, Fallon tried to stump the audience with a new segment called “Who Sang It?,” where everyone had to guess via a series of musical jingles if Shaggy and Sting were singing, or if it was show announcer Steve Higgins and Fallon doing an impression of the duo.

“I don’t know if you know this, but I do an okay – not even an okay --- I try to do an impression of Sting,” Fallon said before the first round. While it was mostly a breeze for the audience to tell the difference, the crowd was divided on who sang the last jingle. As it turned out, Sting actually sang his part, with the video then cutting to Higgins covering Shaggy’s verse.

Check out the interview below:


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