Sting Debuts New Song ‘50,000’, Honouring David Bowie, Prince

Sting has been hard at work in the studio creating his first pop album in 13 years, “57th & 9th”, set to be released in November.

Prior to the album’s release, the former Police front man debuted a new song from the album on BBC’s “Later… With Jools Holland” show. Titled “50,000”, the song was written after reading Prince’s obituary in a newspaper, with Sting ruminating on his death along with the passing of David Bowie, Glenn Frey and Motorhead front man Lemmy Kilmister, who died within days of each other.

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“Mortality does sort of rear its head, particularly at my age – I’m 64. 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,” Sting told Rolling Stone in a recent interview. “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.” Watch:



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