Sting on new album: “(Rockstars are) our gods, in a way”



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Prince’s death stunned musicians and fans around the world. Sting wasn’t exempt, and the artist turned to music to deal with the loss. He penned a ballad, dubbed 50,000, and we’ve just learned (via NME) that the song will be on Sting’s upcoming album 57th & 9th.

“Mortality does rear its head, particularly at my age; I’m 64,” Sting told Rolling Stone. “It’s a comment on how shocked we all are when one of our cultural icons dies. Prince, David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Lemmy: they’re our gods, in a way. So when they die, we have to question our immortality. Even I, as a rock star, have to question my own. It’s the bittersweet realisation that hubris doesn’t mean anything in the end.”

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Expect big things from 57th & 9th. It’s Sting’s first pop album in 17 years, and it’s due out later this year.

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