On Friday 16 September 2016’s episode of BBC’s Later…With Jools Holland, British pop star Sting debuted his new song ‘50,000’ from his upcoming album 57th and 9 via Cherrytree/Interscope Records. This is the singer’s first rock album since 2005.
The track '50,000' is a tribute to legends like David Bowie, Prince, Glenn Frey (who sang The Eagles's Hotel California) and Lemmy (frontman for the heavy metal band The Motorhead) that the industry recently lost.
The lyrics give us the perspective of an aging rockstar who performs in front of a huge number of fans on a daily basis.
He compares the adulation of a massive crowd to a serious drug habit, and in his last verse, he realizes that he could be the next legend to die by the virtue of his age.
In an interview with Rolling Stone when the album was announced in July 2016, Sting talked about how he wrote the song after the death of Prince, which deeply affected him.
"Mortality does sort of rear its head, particularly at my age — I'm 64," Sting tells Rolling Stone. "It's really a comment on how shocked we all are when one of our cultural icons dies: Prince, David [Bowie], Glenn Frey, Lemmy. They are our gods, in a way. So when they die, we have to question our own immortality. Even I, as a rock star, have to question my own. And the sort of bittersweet realization that hubris doesn't mean anything in the end."
'50,000' follows Sting hard hitting 'I Can't Stop Thinking About You' form his new album.
Sting's new album 57th and 9th will be released on 11 November 2016.