13:30 04 October 2006
Sting is sure his latest record is going to be a flop.
The former Police singer is releasing a classical album of songs composed by the 16th century lute composer John Dowland, a project he has been working on and "tampering" with for twenty years.
Sting is convinced the LP will be a commercial failure because it's so obscure but he insists he had to make it.
He revealed in an interview with Britain's BBC Music Magazine: "If I told you I was doing a Dowland record to make money, you'd shoot me. I did it out of love, I did it out of curiosity, a sense of adventure. I can't really explain why. My instinct told me it was right for me.
"If people like it, the public or the critics, then that's the cream on the cake for me."
In between the songs on the album Sting reads extracts from a letter written by the medieval lute player to help his fans understand the history behind the compositions.
He said: "I wanted to try and present the music with a context that might help my fans."
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