It looks like two iconic artists from disparate backgrounds – Sting and Shaggy are dropping a collaborative album. The duo have officially joined forces in order to release their new album, 44/876, on 4/20, which probably says a lot about the project’s vibe and intended audience. Today, Sting and Shaggy spoke with Rolling Stone about the project, revealing a little bit about what to expect, how it came about, and more. They also dropped off the album’s lead single, “Don’t Make Me Wait,”.
“Don’t Make Me Wait” is an important single, as it essentially kickstarted the entire project. When Sting first heard it, he immediately reached out to Shaggy in the studio, claiming “as far as I know, that sounds like a hit to me. I sang on the chorus, and then we tried to figure out a way to make it more of me than just a chorus, so we got a verse together.”
The pair have apparently become great friends throughout the recording process, and they even spent some time in Jamaica together. “This guy,” says Sting, pointing to Shaggy, “he’s like the pope of Jamaica.”