Brand New Day (Sting album)

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Brand New Day
Sting Brand New Day album art.JPG
Studio album by
Released27 September 1999 (1999-09-27)[1][2]
RecordedJune 1998−June 1999[3][4]
StudioIl Palagio (Italy); Studio Mega (Paris, France); Right Track Recording (New York, NY); Avatar Studios (New York, NY); Air Lyndhurst Hall (London, UK).
GenrePop rock, world
Length48:49
LabelA&M
0694-90443-2
ProducerSting, Kipper
Sting chronology
The Very Best of Sting & The Police
(1997)
Brand New Day
(1999)
...All This Time
(2001)
Singles from Brand New Day
  1. "Brand New Day"
    Released: 13 September 1999
  2. "Desert Rose"
    Released: 17 January 2000
  3. "After the Rain Has Fallen"
    Released: 25 April 2000

Brand New Day is the sixth solo studio album by British singer-songwriter Sting, released by A&M Records on 27 September 1999. Fueled heavily by the success of the second single, "Desert Rose" (which prominently features popular Algerian Raï singer Cheb Mami), the album peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 and sold over 3.5 million copies in the United States. Upon its release, Brand New Day was a critical and commercial success, and hailed as the triumphant return for Sting.

The album earned Sting a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album and his third Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the title track.[5]

Background[edit]

Originally, Sting's usual producer Hugh Padgham was to produce the album, but Sting was happy with the work done by Kipper, and Padgham was not required. The album was recorded in various studios around Europe.[6]

The full version of "The End of the Game" was included on the single for "Brand New Day" and the DTS and DVD-Audio releases of the album. The music video for the title track is a parody of bleach commercials, and advertises "Brand new 'Day Ultra'" brand. The song "Brand New Day" features Stevie Wonder on harmonica.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Sting, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."A Thousand Years"Kipper, Sting5:58
2."Desert Rose" (feat. Cheb Mami) 4:45
3."Big Lie, Small World" (feat. David Hartley) 5:05
4."After the Rain Has Fallen" 5:03
5."Perfect Love...Gone Wrong" (feat. Sté Strausz) 5:24
6."Tomorrow We'll See" (feat. David Hartley) 4:47
7."Prelude to the End of the Game" 0:20
8."Fill Her Up" (feat. James Taylor) 5:39
9."Ghost Story" 5:29
10."Brand New Day" 6:19
Japanese edition (enhanced CD)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."Windmills of Your Mind" (bonus track)Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman6:48
12."EPK" (video) 9:21

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Sting – producer
  • Kipper – producer
  • Neil Dorfsman – engineer
  • Simon Osborne – engineer, mixing
  • Geoff Foster – strings engineer (2, 3, 6)
  • Etienne Colin – assistant engineer
  • Nicholas Duport – assistant engineer
  • Andrew Fellus – assistant engineer
  • Brian Garten – assistant engineer
  • Ricky Graham – assistant engineer
  • Ben Kape – assistant engineer
  • Stephanie Levy-B – assistant engineer
  • Peter "Hopps" Lorimer – assistant engineer
  • Aya Takemura – assistant engineer
  • Chris Blair – mastering
  • Abbey Road Studios (London, UK) – mastering location
  • Joe Mama-Nitzberg – art direction
  • Jodi Peckman – art direction
  • Richard Frankel – package design
  • Olaf Heine – photography
  • Carter Smith – photography
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[7]
Chicago Tribune(Not rated)[8]
Entertainment Weekly(B−)[9]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[10]
The New York TimesMixed[11]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[12]

Accolades[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2000
[13]
Brand New Day Best Pop Vocal Album Won
Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Won

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[49] Gold 30,000^
Australia (ARIA)[50] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[51] Gold 25,000*
Belgium (BEA)[52] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[54] 2× Platinum 262,000[53]
France (SNEP)[56] 2× Gold 397,500[55]
Germany (BVMI)[57] Platinum 300,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[58] Gold  
Italy (FIMI)[59] 3× Platinum 300,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[60] Platinum 105,480[40]
Netherlands (NVPI)[61] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[62] Platinum 15,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[63] Gold 25,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[64] Platinum 100,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[65] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[66] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[67] Platinum 420,000[41]
United States (RIAA)[69] 3× Platinum 3,500,000[68]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[70] 2× Platinum 2,000,000*
Worldwide 7,000,000[71]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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