Thursday, June 13, 2024

(Listen) Sting Finds Another Great Musical Collaboration with Steve Aoki and Hot Trio Shaed in New Single, “2 in a Million”


Sting has outdone himself. He never rests and is incredibly evolving when it comes to choosing music partners. Even back in 1985 he sang on Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing” and now it’s a classic, a staple on radio and an all time highlight of rock music. More recently, he’s had a very successful partnership with reggae star Shaggy for the last couple of years, touring and recording a hit Grammy winning album, “44/876.”

He’s got a new single out today that you will put on repeat immediately. It’s called “2 in a Million,” listen to it once and you’ll want to hear it again. Sting’s sweet remarkable falsetto worthy of Smokey Robinson opens the record cold and draws you right in. This time, he’s in a collaboration with Steve Aoki, the great DJ and songwriter whose father invented the Benihana restaurant chain. And also on the record is the hot trio Shaed, composed of a girl singer named Chelsea Lee, her husband, Spencer Ernst, and Spencer’s twin brother Max Ernst.

The real Max Ernst, of course, was the famous (to say the least) surrealist painter and sculptor from the early and mid 20th century whose work is celebrated in the same category as Kandinsky and Richter, artists immortalized in the great museums. That Max Ernst would have made great records if he were alive today. The Ernsts’ parents had a good sense of humor.

Shaed has had a hit all summer with a song called “Trampoline.” It’s below. “Trampoline” was used on Apple commercials. When you hear it, you’ll say, “Oh, right.” It’s very catchy.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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