Sting (8/10)

Sting was born in Wallsend, England in 1951.

As the frontman of the new wave rock band The Police during the 70’s and 80’s, and then as a solo artist, Sting became one of the best-selling music artists in the world, selling over 100 million records.

The Police’s signature song “Every Breathe You Take” (1983) was recognised in 2019 as the most-played song in radio history by Broadcast Music, Inc.  It was the best-selling song of 1983 in the US and the 5th best-selling single of the decade. It is also on many lists of top songs of all time and was voted in 2015 as The Nation’s Favourite 1980s number one in a UK poll by ITV.

The Police had some huge hits in the 70’s, with two platinum selling albums which produced tracks such as “Roxanne”, “So Lonely”, Walking on the Moon”, and “Message in a Bottle” amongst others, and then in 1980 there third album “Zenyatta Mondatta” produced the 1980s hits “Don’t Stand So Close To Me”, and “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da”, the former becoming the best-selling single of 1980 in the UK, a song which also earned them a Grammy.

Other hit singles during the 1980s soon followed with their follow up albums, hit singles such as “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” (1981), “Invisible Sun” (1981), and “Wrapped Around Your Finger” (1983).

In 1985 sting released his first solo album The Dream of the Blue Turtles which reached number 3 in the UK and number 2 in the US. His second album “…Nothing Like the Sun” was released in 1987 to critical acclaim, winning Best British Album at the 1988 Brit Awards.

During his career with The Police and as a solo artist, Sting has received many awards, including 17 Grammy Awards, 3 Brit Awards, A Golden Globe, an Emmy, and an Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. He also received a CBE from Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for his services to music.

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