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The musician is discussing the possibility of his own mobile app, stating that people will soon stop making, selling, and buying CDs.

Liz Walsh
  • 17 november 2011



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This article titled “Sting may ditch albums for apps” was written by Sean Michaels, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 16th November 2011 12.32 UTC

Sting has said he may never release another album, preferring the “new model” of iOS apps. As the singer celebrates his 60th birthday, he has hailed the possibilities of his new Sting 25 app.

“People are going to stop buying CDs,” Sting told Billboard. “People are going to stop selling and making them, so I am looking for different ways to get music to people, and the [app] at the moment seems to be the favourite … The app is the new model.”

His first venture into the world of apps is Sting 25, released this week. Accompanying a traditional CD box set, the app comprises a selection of photos, lyrics, interviews and concert footage related to the former Police singer’s solo career. “It’s very full and can also be constantly updated, so it’s not a static thing,” Sting said. “It’s organic.”

Sting’s other current project is just as far removed from the old-fashioned album. Announced in September, The Last Ship will be Sting’s first Broadway musical. “[It’s] a play with songs,” he said. “I’m loath to call it a musical because I don’t like that term.” He has already written 25 songs for the production, which is inspired by his upbringing in Newcastle. “[It’s] a story of redemption and occupying a shipyard against the wishes of the owners – which is kind of topical at the moment, occupying things.”

Sting hopes to send The Last Ship on tour, “[hitting] the road in a year’s time”.

“It takes up most of my waking life,” he said, “and a lot of my dream life.”

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