Sting has just released a new version of his 1999 hit, “Brand New Day.” The track, now titled “Brand New Day 2019,” was produced by Dave Aude and premiered by Sting in the pouring rain in New York City's Times Square on New Year's Eve (December 31st) during Fox's New Year's Eve with Steve Harvey: Live From Times Square. The new single includes the original signature Stevie Wonder harmonica track with an updated, hip hop-tinged backing.
Although a Top 20 hit in the UK — peaking at Number 13, the original version of “Brand New Day” tanked on the Billboard Hot 100 charts just missing the Hot 100 at Number 103. The Brand New Day album topped out at Number Nine on the Billboard 200 and at the 2000 Grammy's scored awards for both Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album.
Although he's never been one to shy away from giving the people what they want at his shows, Sting also feels the need to give them something else, too: “Audiences generally like to hear what they know — that's a truism, everywhere. But my job is to challenge them a little bit, to bring them things that they don't quite know and get to know. So, my job is to bring new stuff into the room and say, 'Look at this; I know you like that — here's something else.' That's my job. When I go to a concert, I wanna learn something. I want to walk out having not heard (sic) something I've never heard before — a new way of doing something. I think audiences are the same.”