Sting and Shaggy’s new joint album, 44/876, is probably the most buzz-worthy new album this spring to feature a classic rocker. The collection — which is named after the respective dialing codes for England and Jamaica — debuted this week at an impressive Number 40 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and entered the UK Charts at Number Nine.
Fans and critics alike are being drawn to one of the deeper message tracks on the feel-good album of the season, which provides a sort of musical State of the Union, titled “Dreaming In The U.S.A.” Sting told Billboard that say what you will, America is already great — as evidenced by its past, present, and future: “Both of us — Shaggy and I — are immigrants to the United States. We came here because of a love for the United States and what it produced; culture, painting, literature — all of that stuff. The idea of America — obviously it’s not a perfect society by any means — it’s full of paradoxs. But the idea of America is one that has great currency in the world and without it we would be very, y’know — as a species — (we) would be less well off. And so it’s really saying America is great. We must move forwards and not backwards.”
Sting & Shaggy have just been announced as performers on ABC’s “2018 Summer Concert Series” on Good Morning America. So far, the TV appearance, set for May 25th at Rumsey Playfield in New York’s Central Park, is their only U.S. appearance on the books.
Shaggy will join Sting on the road for a handful of Italian dates later this summer.
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