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In news absolutely no one was expecting, Sting and Shaggy have made an album together

Yes, THAT Shaggy. The first curveball of 2018?

IT’S THE YEAR 2000, the start of a new millennium, and everyone is listening to this, whether they like it or not.

Source: SENU BVLGARI/YouTube

It Wasn’t Me basically took over the pop charts at the end of the year, introducing many children to the concept of ‘banging on the bathroom floor’ as it did it. So thanks for that, Shaggy.

In no way would anyone have ever mentioned Mr Boombastic in the same breath as dad-rocker Sting. Until now.

The unlikely pair is after recording an ‘Caribbean-inflected’ album to be released on April 20 (AKA 4/20. Lads, are ye 14) – this is the first single, and it’s only a little bit horrific?

Source: Interscope Records/YouTube

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Sting acknowledged that their friendship and collaboration would probably be a bit jarring to the outside world.

The most important thing to me in any kind of music is surprise. And everybody is surprised by this collaboration – by what they’re hearing. We’re surprising.

Shaggy, meanwhile, still has the same sensibilities he had in 2000.

Doesn’t that just sound like something that hundreds of women would get pregnant to?

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The public has slowly been coming to terms with the news, and the reaction ranges from “WTF” to “This is good, actually”:

Brexit, Trump, Sting/Shaggy – has the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse arrived yet? Or are they still to come? We’re starting to get concerned.

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