Sting's 1981 Police standard “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” scored a 2020 BMI Award for recognition for nine million plays on U.S. radio. Sting has been racking up the prizes with 2019 seeing him win an award for 15 million radio performances of the band's “Every Breath You Take.”
Sting.com reported the awards saw Van Morrison being recognized for 13 million performances of “Brown Eyed Girl,” Mick Jagger and Keith Richards for 10 million plays of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” David Coverdale and Bernie Marsden for six million performances of Whitesnake‘s “Here I Go Again,” Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet for five million spins of “True,” and Peter Gabriel for four million plays of “Sledgehammer.”
Sting was able to write at least one instant game changing pop standard on every one of the Police albums between 1978 and 1983. He explained to us how that he, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland always tried to make the group's albums enjoyable on several different levels: “There were layers there, y'know, and all that stuff was already inherent in the music, but you didn't really have to respond to it, because it was loud and raucous and fun. But again, I was trying to unveil something underneath that. I wanted some substance to it that would intrigue me and maybe a few other people. I just kept doing that.”
Sting revealed that he'd be releasing a career spanning collection of duets and collaborations later this year.