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Sting & Shaggy Announce New Single “Don’t Make Me Wait”

Photo: Sting & Shaggy - Don't Make Me Wait

Island-Influenced, Collaborative Album Out April 20

24 January 2018 (Toronto, ON) – Today, Sting and Shaggy announce the new, Caribbean-flavored song “Don’t Make Me Wait” to be released tomorrow (January 25) on all digital platforms. This is the first single off the 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. The album will be available on April 20 via Interscope/A&M Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.

Sting and Shaggy were initially introduced by Martin Kierszenbaum, who is Sting’s manager and Shaggy’s former A&R executive. After Sting heard a new track that Shaggy was working on, they decided to go into the studio together.  Initially, the plan was 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 Robbie Shakespeare, Dwayne “iLLwayno” Shippy, Shane Hoosong, Machine Gun Funk, Patexx, Tyrantula, as well as Sting’s longtime guitarist Dominic Miller.  The sessions were produced by Sting International, who has previously worked with Shaggy on global smashes such as “Boombastic” and “It Wasn’t Me,” and Executive Produced by Martin Kierszenbaum.

The duo recently debuted “Don’t Make Me Wait”—on which they effortlessly trade verses, over a smoldering island rhythm—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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