Sting has a new single out, called “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”, and it’s the first single of his solo LP, 57th & 9th, out Friday, November 11 via Cherrytree/Interscope Records. Sting performed the song live – Wednesday on L.A. radio station KROQ.
“According to Stereogum, Sting said “Thinking About You” was inspired by waiting on creative inspiration while staring at a blank page”. It was recorded with Vinnie Colaiuta, Dominic Miller, Jerry Fuentes and Diego Navaira of Tex-Mex group The Last Bandoleros.
The ballad, “50,000”, which is featured on the LP, was written in the week of Prince‘s death. “Mortality does sort of rear its head, particularly at my age – I’m 64,” he said. “It’s really a comment on how shocked we all are when one of our cultural icons dies: Prince, David [Bowie], Glenn Frey, Lemmy”.
“They are our gods, in a way. So when they die, we have to question our own immortality. Even I, as a rock star, have to question my own. And the sort of bittersweet realization that hubris doesn’t mean anything in the end”.
There’s also an 11-LP vinyl box set of his previous solo albums coming, out Friday, September 30. Listen to his new track below: