Ivy League school Brown University have bestowed an honorary degree to iconic English singer/songwriter Sting. The Rhode Island school presented him with the degree at its 250th commencement on Sunday, 27 May. Nobel Prize-winning physicist J. Michael Kosterlitz was among other honorees.
The Tyneside-born star formed the pioneering British rock band The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers in 1977. He co-founded an environmental organization, the Rainforest Fund, to protect the world’s rainforests.
Prior to his Brown University honor, Sting released a collaborative reggae-pop album 44/876 with Jamaican superstar Shaggy. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Reggae Albums chart during the week of 5 May.
“When you think about it, it’s not so surprising,” Sting told Billboard of the pair’s collaboration. “Because we have a common ground in a love of reggae music. A respect for reggae music in my case, and he’s (Shaggy) an authentic dancehall reggae artist, so it somehow works. I think there’s a joy and a sunshine on the record that is really resonating with people, and I’m very happy about that.”
The team-up came about initially from Shaggy approaching Sting to guest star on the song ‘Don’t Make Me Wait.’ Sting quickly agreed, and eventually, the gents found themselves making more than just one song together. “I think after about four weeks we had 20 songs,” Sting says. ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’ ultimately became the first single from the album.
“When magic happens, it just happens, brother,” says Shaggy. “I mean, there’s no other way I can explain this, you know what I mean? Because you do everything in life off feeling and energy. And the energy with me and Sting was just right. It just felt right. Everything about it felt right.”
As uDiscover Music recently reported, Sting and Shaggy are taking 44/876 on the road, where fans will not only hear new tunes from the album, but of course familiar favorites from their respective catalogues.
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