Desert Rose (Sting song)

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"Desert Rose"
Desert Rose (Sting song) coverart.jpg
Single by Sting featuring Cheb Mami
from the album Brand New Day
Released 17 January 2000 (UK)[1]
Recorded 1999
  • 4:45 (album version)
  • 3:55 (radio edit)
Label A&M
Sting singles chronology
"Brand New Day"
"Desert Rose"
"After the Rain Has Fallen"

"Brand New Day"
"Desert Rose"
"After the Rain Has Fallen"

"Desert Rose" is a song by British musician Sting from his album Brand New Day (1999). According to Sting, the lyrics have to do with "lost love and longing".[1] Riding a wave of pre-9/11 interest in Latin and Arabic cultures,[2][3][4] the song peaked at No. 2 in Canada, No. 3 in Switzerland, No. 4 in Italy, No. 15 in the UK, and No. 17 in the US. The song is noted for Sting's duet performance with Algerian raï singer Cheb Mami, creating a distinct world music feel to the song.

Music video[edit]

The music video features Sting taking a trip through the Mojave Desert in a Jaguar S-Type driven by a masked female chauffeur (a possible reference to the Green Hornet's sidekick Kato)[clarification needed] and then going to a nightclub in Las Vegas to perform the song with Cheb Mami. After shooting the video, Sting's manager Miles Copeland III approached a music licensing maven, Lloyd Simon,[citation needed] to work with Jaguar on a collaboration, and the auto company featured the video in their prominent television advertisements during the year 2000.[5]


Also included on the single releases were club remixes by Victor Calderone. One remixed version of the song was used in an alternative edit of the video, which included more sexually explicit footage.[citation needed]

Track listings[edit]

UK CD1 (497 240-2)
  1. "Desert Rose (radio edit)" – 3:55
  2. "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" (live at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles) – 4:27
  3. "Fragile" (live at the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles) – 4:10
  4. "Desert Rose" video (CD-ROM)
UK CD2 (497 241-2)
  1. "Desert Rose (Melodic Club Mix radio edit)" – 4:47
  2. "Desert Rose (Melodic Club Mix)" – 9:21
  3. "Desert Rose (Filter Dub Mix)" – 5:21
  4. "Desert Rose (Melodic Club Mix)" video (CD-ROM)
UK 12" (497 241-1)
  1. "Desert Rose (Melodic Club Mix)"
  2. "Desert Rose (Filter Dub Mix)"
  3. "Desert Rose" (original)
US CD (0694973212)
  1. "Desert Rose (radio edit)" – 3:54
  2. "Desert Rose (Melodic Club Mix radio edit)" – 4:44
  3. "Brand New Day (Murlyn Extended Mix)" – 5:01
  4. "Brand New Day (Murlyn Radio Mix)" – 3:54
Europe CD (497 233-2)
  1. "Desert Rose (radio edit)" – 3:54
  2. "Desert Rose (Melodic Club Mix)" – 9:20
  3. "Desert Rose (Melodic Club Mix radio edit)" – 4:44
  4. "Brand New Day (Murlyn Mix)" – 5:01
  5. "Brand New Day" video (CD-ROM)


Other versions[edit]

In 2007, instrumental group John Tesh Project released their version from the album A Passionate Life.[21][22]

In 2017, the Ukrainian club project "#SiSiKe4" made its remix for this song, which is called "Sting – Desert Rose (#SiSiKe4 Extended Remix)".

Other uses[edit]

Prior to their merge with Sirius, XM Satellite Radio used part of the song as the background music of their announcement when there's any technical mishap during a broadcast on one of their channels.

In 2001, it was the theme song of Said Rachid, the antagonistic character from the Brazilian soap opera O Clone.

Jaguar used the song for S-Type advertisements in the year 2000.


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  2. ^ Dan Irwin (31 August 2008). "SULTAN RULES: Internationally known artist entertains crowd at Syrian picnic". New Castle News. Retrieved 27 November 2014. Sultan cited the success of Sting's "Desert Rose," a 1999 song that climbed to No. 17 on the U.S. charts, as evidence that Western music was ready not only for a Latin influence, but also an Arabic one. 
  3. ^ Benshoff, Harry (26 Aug 2011). America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies. John Wiley & Sons. p. 159. ISBN 9781444357592. 
  4. ^ Karam, Nicoletta (2012). The 9/11 Backlash: A Decade of U.S. Hate Crimes Targeting the Innocent. BookBaby. p. 178. ISBN 9781623095390. 
  5. ^ Sting rides again Chicago Tribune
  6. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  7. ^ " – Sting feat. Cheb Mami – Desert Rose" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  8. ^ " – Sting feat. Cheb Mami – Desert Rose" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  9. ^ " – Sting feat. Cheb Mami – Desert Rose" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ Canadian peak
  11. ^ " – Sting feat. Cheb Mami – Desert Rose" (in French). Les classement single.
  12. ^ " – Sting feat. Cheb Mami Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  13. ^ "placement". Archived from the original on 3 June 2009.  Note: Sting must be searched manually.
  14. ^ " – Sting feat. Cheb Mami – Desert Rose". Top Digital Download.
  15. ^ " – Sting feat. Cheb Mami – Desert Rose" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  16. ^ " – Sting feat. Cheb Mami – Desert Rose". Swiss Singles Chart.
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  19. ^ "Swiss year-end chart". 2000. Retrieved November 22, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Archived from the original on 4 March 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  21. ^ "A Passionate Life overview". 
  22. ^ "John Tesh cover of Sting feat. Cheb Mami's 'Desert Rose'". Retrieved 16 March 2014. 

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