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Wednesday June 5, 2013 2:20 pm

Sting to Release First New Material in a Decade

StingSting is set to release his first new material in a decade later this year.

The "Fields of Gold" singer has recorded his first full-length album, The Last Ship, since his 2003 record Sacred Love after taking inspiration from songs he had penned for the same-titled Broadway musical, scheduled to open next year. The play is set in the 1980s in Wallsend, North East England, near where Sting - real name Gordon Sumner - grew up and the 61-year-old musician will use several songs from the show along with tracks he wrote which weren't included in the final line up.

Sting - who is currently touring North America with his Back to Bass tour - has been working hard on the LP for three years and has called upon the help of several collaborators, including James Bond writer John Logan and Brian Yorkey. The record, which will be his 11th studio album, will be released by a grouping of labels Cherrytree, Interscope and A & M Records.

In an official statement, the titular song is described as "a waltz-time folk tune, heavy with Christian imagery," while track "And Yet" is a "jazzy funk number, sung from the point of view of a sailor arriving in his home port and wondering about a woman he left behind."

The Last Ship is scheduled for release in September.



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