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Originally posted 12/13/2009 08:50AM
It's hard to find a musical artist with a career as diverse as Sting's: In his more than 30-year career, the singer-songwriter has explored the worlds of rock, jazz, world beats and classical music – not to mention acting.
The secret to his versatility? "I was fortunate growing up in the '60s because in England we only had one radio station," the singer said in a moderated Q&A following a screening of his latest acting project, Twin Spirits, a musical and theatrical love story about composer Robert Schumann.
"We had classical music, we had pop music, we had everything in between," he says of the station's rotation. "So I grew up thinking that music was this one thing. I mean, I appreciated the difference between classical music and pop music, but it's the same building blocks and it still has the same feeling to it. It's a common language."
Originally posted 11/16/2009 11:35AM
He's usually the one meting out the criticism, but this time it's Simon Cowell who's on the receiving end of some particularly harsh words about his talent – from Sting.
The rock star heaped criticism on Cowell's British version of American Idol – The X Factor – describing the show as "appalling" and promoting bland, soulless music in an interview with the London Evening Standard.
"It's a preposterous show, and you have judges who have no recognizable talent apart from self-promotion," Sting, 58, said. "Basically I was looking at televised karaoke where they conform to stereotypes. It is a soap opera which has nothing to do with music."
Originally posted 05/04/2009 02:05PM
Coco Sumner, daughter of Sting and Trudie Styler, is recuperating after suffering an injury last week.
"Coco is recovering beautifully," Sting's rep tells PEOPLE. "The family thanks everyone for their concern."
Though the rep had no comment on the specifics of the incident and the extent of Sumner's injury, British reports say she was dining with a friend in Los Angeles when she collapsed. According to The Daily Mail, Sumner, 18, said she was feeling ill and when she tried to stand up, fell and hit her head.
Originally posted 07/21/2008 05:05PM
To mark the final show of the Police reunion tour, eBay will auction a whole host of goodies – including VIP concert packages – to benefit Public Television Rocks!, an initiative formed between New York Public Television stations Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21.
The final concert, to take place at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 7, will feature a guest appearance by The B-52s. The auction fund-raiser includes autographed instruments, access to sound checks, special pre-concert dinner and cocktail reception invitations, front row seats, a meet and greet session and photo ops with the bands.
The two-part auction will fun in two waves: The first runs July 14 -24 and includes concert experience opportunities and memorabilia. The second wave begins August 4 -14 and contains autographed instruments.
Head to eBay to place a bid and get more details.
Originally posted 05/05/2008 09:25AM
A watchdog group has slammed Sting's high-profile rainforest charity
– but the rocker's wife, Trudie Styler, says the critics cannot see the forest for the trees.
Charity Navigator, which rates the financial standings of thousands of nonprofit organizations, claims that only 41 percent of the money raised by a celebrity-studded 2006 Carnegie Hall concert actually funded tree-saving programs, Monday's New York Post reports.
The benefit featuring Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow and Will Ferrell brought in more that $2.1 million.
Styler points out that "The Rainforest Foundation is celebrating its 20th year. We wouldn't still be in business or have given out millions of dollars over the years if we'd spent everything we made immediately after it came in."
Originally posted 04/20/2005 09:00AM
Sting, who once taught school, reverted to his old profession in Chicago this week, serving as a surprise musical mentor to a group of college students.
Originally posted 01/06/2005 08:15AM
Sting will play a Feb. 10 benefit concert at the 6,000-seat Leeuwin Estate Winery in Perth, Australia, with every penny of the net proceeds going to the relief efforts in Southern Asia following the Dec. 26 quake and tsunamis.
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