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Sting - Solo Debut

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The Police gained profound recognition, critical and commercial success, and honors from their debut album, Outlandos d'Amour (1978), to their final album as a band, Synchronicity (1983).

Consider The Police honors -
3 Brit Awards
6 Grammy Awards
1 Juno Award
1 People's Choice Award
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2003)
No. 70 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
No. 40 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time
One of the world's best-selling artists of all time 
(over 75 million records sold)

Consider Outlandos  d'Amour
No. 6 on UK Albums Chart

Consider Synchronicity -
No. 1 in the UK and in the U.S.
Over 8 million copies sold in the U.S. alone


When The Police disbanded in 1986, where did the members go?  Sting, of course, went solo.  As a solo artist, Sting had to start somewhere.

Solo debut - The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985)
Samples hit singles - 
"If You Love Somebody Set Them Free," "Fortress Around Your Heart"
Honors - Triple Platinum, 4 Grammy Nominations

Second album - ...Nothing Like the Sun (1987)
Sample singles -
"Fragile," "Englishman in New York," "Be Still My Beating Heart"
Honors - Double Platinum, 1 Brit Award, 3 Grammy Nominations
Honors - No. 90 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s
Honors - "Be Still My Beating Heart" - 8 Grammy Nominations

Greater Solo Success -
- The Soul Cages (1991) - Platinum
- Ten Summoner's Tales (1993) - Triple Platinum
(No. 2 in the UK and the U.S.) ... (Grammy nomination)
Sample singles -
"Fields of Gold" ... "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" (Grammy Award)
- Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting - Double Platinum
- Mercury Falling (1996)

And then there is Brand New Day (1999) - Sting's 6th solo album.  
Triple Platinum
Top 40 singles include "Brand New Day" and "Desert Rose"  
2 Grammy Awards

Significant mention - 
The Police Reunion Tour
2007 - 2008
30th Anniversary of The Police formation

Significant Honors -
Honorary Doctorate in Music from Northumbria University 
Honorary Doctorate in Music from Berklee College of Music
One of the 100 most influential people in the world (Time, 2011)
Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music
Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2002)
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (2003)
(For services to the Music Industry)


Noteworthy -
Sting has performed several duets and collaborations as a solo artist.  Refer to Wikipedia.

In total, Sting has 13 solo albums.  The most recent album is My Songs (2019).  He has taken to acting on film, television, and theater.

The rest may be history but Sting will continue moving forward.

Kennedy Center Honoree (2014)


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