Sting (singer, songwriter & member of The Police)

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Legal name: Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner


Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (born 2 October 1951), known as Sting, is an English musician and actor. He was the frontman, songwriter and bassist for new wave band the Police from 1977 until their breakup in 1986. He launched a solo career in 1985 and has included elements of rock, jazz, reggae, classical, new-age, and worldbeat in his music.

As a solo musician and a member of the Police, Sting has received 17 Grammy Awards: he won Song of the Year for "Every Breath You Take", three Brit Awards, including Best British Male Artist in 1994 and Outstanding Contribution in 2002, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and four nominations for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. In 2019, he received a BMI Award for "Every Breath You Take" becoming the most-played song in radio history. In 2002, Sting received the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Police in 2003. In 2000, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording. In 2003, Sting received a CBE from Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for services to music. He was made a Kennedy Center Honoree at the White House in 2014 and was awarded the Polar Music Prize in 2017. In May 2023, he was made an Ivor Novello Fellow.

With the Police, Sting became one of the world's best-selling music artists. Solo and with the Police combined, he has sold over 100 million records. In 2006, Paste ranked him 62nd of the 100 best living songwriters. He was 63rd of VH1's 100 greatest artists of rock, and 80th of Q's 100 greatest musical stars of the 20th century. He has collaborated with other musicians on songs such as "Money for Nothing" with Dire Straits, "Rise & Fall" with Craig David, "All for Love" with Bryan Adams and Rod Stewart, "You Will Be My Ain True Love" with Alison Krauss, and introduced the North African music genre raï to Western audiences through the hit song "Desert Rose" with Cheb Mami. In 2018, he released the album 44/876, a collaboration with Jamaican musician Shaggy, which won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2019.

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1985The Dream of the Blue TurtlesSting4.5529
1987…Nothing Like the SunSting4.134
1988The Soldier's TaleIgor Stravinsky; Vanessa Redgrave, Sting, Ian McKellen, London Sinfonietta, Kent Nagano51
1991The Soul CagesSting4.317
1993Ten Summoner’s TalesSting4.222
1996Mercury FallingSting3.417
1999Brand New DaySting3.922
2001Andrea Griminelli’s Cinema Italiano: A New Interpretation of Italian Film MusicAndrea Griminelli with Lucio Dalla, Deborah Harry, Filippa Giordano, Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, conducted and arranged by Luis Bacalov52
2003Sacred LoveSting3.520
2006Songs From the LabyrinthSting3.59
2009If on a Winter’s Night…Sting3.513
2013The Last ShipSting3.511
201657th & 9thSting2.510
201844/876Sting & Shaggy3.2511
2019My SongsSting2.817
2021The BridgeSting4.516

Album + Compilation

1988Compact HitsSting31
1994Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984–1994Sting416
1997At the MoviesSting31
1997The Very Best of… Sting & The PoliceSting / The Police316
1999Greatest HitsSting1
2001Still Be Love in the WorldSting21
2003Songs of Love (Victoria’s Secret exclusive)Sting21
2005My Funny Valentine: At the MoviesSting32
2007The Album CollectionSting1
2008Greatest HitsSting52
2011The Best of 25 YearsSting58
201125 YearsSting4.351
2016The Studio CollectionSting51

Album + Compilation + Live

1991Live USA (920.002)Sting1

Album + Soundtrack

1993Demolition ManSting36
1995The Living Sea: Soundtrack From the IMAX FilmSting24
2000DolphinsSting & Steve Wood22
2014The Last Ship: Original Broadway Cast RecordingSting1

Album + Live

1986Bring On the NightSting411
1991Acoustic Live in NewcastleSting35
1992Last SessionSting & Gil Evans32
1993Pavarotti & Friends: “Pavarotti International” Charity Gala Concert (live, 1992-09-27: Parco Novi Sad, Modena, Italy)Pavarotti and Friends StingZuccheroLucio DallaNeville BrothersAaron NevilleSuzanne VegaMike OldfieldBrian MayBob GeldofPatricia KaasMichael Kamen2
2000The Brand New Day Tour: Live From the Universal AmphitheatreSting3
2001…All This TimeSting49
2001Live at the BBCSting1
2007The Journey and the LabyrinthSting & Edin Karamazov21
2010Live in BerlinSting4
201757th & 9th: Live From ChicagoSting2
2017Live at the Olympia ParisSting1
2017Live at the BataclanSting1
2019My Songs (Live)Sting1

Album + Remix

2000Brand New Day: The RemixesSting1
201844/876: The RemixesSting & Shaggy1


1982I Burn for You / Only YouThe Police / Sting1
1982Spread a Little Happiness / Only YouSting1
1985Love Is the Seventh Wave (New mix) / Consider Me Gone (live)Sting2
1985Code-Word Elvis / OperaEberhard Schoener Featuring The Voice Of Sting1
1985Fortress Around Your HeartSting2
1985If You Love Somebody Set Them FreeSting4
1986Moon Over Bourbon Street / The Ballad of Mac the KnifeSting1
1986Shadows in the Rain / "Night Mix" (medley)Sting1
1986We Work the Black Seam / The Dream of the Blue Turtles / Shadows in the RainSting1
1987Be Still My Beating HeartSting21
1987Someone to Watch Over Me / FragileSting1
1987We'll Be Together / Conversation With a DogSting1
1987We'll Be TogetherSting1
1988Englishman in New YorkSting3.358
1988Englishman in New York / Ghost in the StrandSting1
1988They Dance Alone / If You There / Ellas Danzan SolasSting1
1991All This TimeSting35
1991All This TimeSting1
1991Why Should I Cry For YouSting34
1991Mad About YouSting44
1991Muoio per teSting1
1991The Soul CagesSting2
1992It’s Probably MeSting with Eric Clapton47
1993If I Ever Lose My Faith in You (CD Maxi single)Sting36
1993Fields of GoldSting4.55
1993Love Is Stronger Than Justice (The Munificent Seven)Sting2
1993She’s Too Good for MeSting22
1993All for LoveBryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting33
1993Nothing ’Bout MeSting22
1993Shape of My HeartSting52
1993Seven DaysSting32
1993Seven Days / Ça Plane Pour MoiSting / Leila K1
1994When We DanceSting36
1994This Cowboy SongSting25
1995Mo Ghile Mear (Our Hero)The Chieftains feat. Sting1
1996Let Your Soul Be Your PilotSting35
1996You Still Touch MeSting34
1996I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop CryingSting23
1996I Was Brought to My SensesSting1
1996Sister Moon: Hani MixesSting1
1997Roxanne ’97Sting & The Police26
1997Walking on the MoonSting & The Police51
1998Invisible SunSting & Aswad1
1999Brand New DaySting34
1999Desert RoseSting feat. Cheb Mami4.655

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