By peoplestaff225
Updated May 22, 2003 12:30 PM

In what marks his first studio album in four year, Sting’s newest disc, “Sacred Love,” will be released to the world Sept. 22, though in America it will arrive a day later, reports Billboard.

(No political message there, just a standard album release pattern.)

The A&M/Interscope CD is the former Police frontman’s first since 1999’s “Brand New Day,” which climbed to the No.-9 spot on the Billboard 200 chart and sold 3.5 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Beginning early next year, Sting, 51, is expected to tour heavily to promote “Sacred Love.” Among his several TV appearances planned around the CD’s release date is a previously announced Oct. 2 performance on NBC’s “Today” show.

The disc’s first single, “Send Your Love,” as well as its video, will land on these shores in late June, says the music publication.

Although a full description of the album has not yet been released, a spokesperson for the label said that Mary J. Blige appears on the cut “Whenever I Say Your Name,” while Anoushka Shankar is on “Book of My Life.”

“Sacred Love,” which was reportedly completed in Paris last month, was produced by Sting and Kipper, who handled keyboards and drum programming on “Brand New Day.”