There are critics who consider him a more accomplished sex symbol than musician. There are fans who have never bought another record of his since he fell out with the reggae-influenced pop band The Police, which he formed with guitarist Andy Summers and drummer Stewart Copeland. And there are musicians who maintain a guarded, if unspoken, respect for him.
Love him or hate him, Sting is inimitable, influential and impossible to ignore. Today, October 2, he turns 52, just a few days after releasing his new album Sacred Love.
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