Sting, the legendary singer-songwriter and former frontman with The Police, teams up with Jamaican-born American reggae fusion singer Shaggy to release a new single, ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’ through Interscope/A&M Records. The Caribbean-flavoured song will be available on 25 January 25 on all digital platforms and can be saved to Spotify here.
The duo’s first single will be followed on 20 April by a collaborative, island-influenced album, entitled 44/876, that reflects the duo’s mutual love of Jamaica – its music, the spirit of its people and vibrancy of its culture.
Sting and Shaggy were initially introduced by Martin Kierszenbaum, Sting’s manager and Shaggy’s former A&R executive. After Sting heard a new track Shaggy was working on, they decided to go into the studio together. Initially, the plan was only to record ‘Don’t Make Me Wait,’ but the rhythms, lyrics and melodies flowed readily between these two accomplished musicians and, as a result, more new songs emerged.
Sting and Shaggy wrote and jammed together for a few weeks in New York City, creating music that seamlessly blends Caribbean rhythms—in traditional and modern styles—with pop craftsmanship and rock energy.
The artists were joined in the studio by musicians and writers from Jamaica and New York including the legendary Robbie Shakespeare of Sly and Robbie, dancehall sensation Aidonia, DJ Agent Sasco and Sting’s long-time guitarist, Dominic Miller as well as writers Tyrantula, Dwayne ‘iLLwayno’ Shippy, Shane ‘Gold Tips’ Hoosong, Machine Gun Funk and Patexx.
The sessions were produced by Sting International, who has previously worked with Shaggy on global smashes such as ‘Carolina,’ ‘Boombastic’ and ‘It Wasn’t Me,’ and executive produced by Martin Kierszenbaum who has previously written/produced songs for Sting, Madonna and Lady Gaga. 44/876 was mixed by Sting International, Robert ‘Hitmixer’ Orton and Tony Lake.
Sting and Shaggy recently debuted ‘Don’t Make Me Wait’ in front of 20,000 people in Kingston, Jamaica at the Shaggy and Friends charity concert, which benefited the local Bustamante Hospital for Children. They also filmed a soon-to-be released music video in the heart of the city, directed by Gil Green.
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