News on Sting, O-Town, Harold Arlen
Sting is rehearsing material for his next A&M/Interscope studio album at his studio in Tuscany, Italy. According to the artist's official Web site, a steady stream of unnamed guest artists have participated in the process. Recording for the as-yet-untitled set will get underway next month in Paris, with the album "on track for a likely release next autumn," the site says.
The artist's last studio album, "Brand New Day," peaked in September 2000 at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 3.5 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was followed up by the concert release "... All This Time," recorded in Tuscany.
Sting's rendition of "Fragile" from the latter album was nominated yesterday (Jan. 7) for a best male pop vocal performance Grammy. One of the artist's competitors in the field is British R&B star Craig David; Sting guested on the track "Rise & Fall" from David's latest Wildstar/Atlantic album, "Slicker Than Your Average."
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.