Sting's 'Shape of My Heart' sample reaches number 2 on Billboard charts

music news 12/11/2018

Puff Daddy, otherwise known as P. Diddy, Sean Combs and many other names, sampled Sting's "Every Breath You Take" back in 1997 on the song "I'll Be Missing You".

Now Sting is thrilled to be on the top of the Billboard charts again in rapper Juice WRLD’s hit song "Lucid Dreams". The song peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart, heavily sampling Sting's "Shape Of My Heart".

Sting himself is a fan of the song, saying at the Los Angeles Grammy Museum recently that the new song is a...

...beautiful interpretation that is faithful to the original song’s form

While “Shape of My Heart,” from his 1993 album Ten Summoner’s Tales, did not chart in the U.S., Nas and Carl Thomas have sampled the song, with Thomas’ “Emotional” climbing to No. 8 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 2001.

“It’s interesting to me that the descending minor scale of "Shape" has inspired so many hip-hop artists. As if it provides a ready-made template for the expression of emotions that are reflective, tender and vulnerable," Sting said.

Sting’s longtime guitarist and "Lucid Dreams" co-writer Dominic Miller

said of Juice WRLD’s interpretation: “I thought it was the most intelligent version of that riff that I’ve ever heard,” he said. “I was really happy with it. I love what he’s saying. He talked about something everyone can relate to, which is a breakup. It was done in a very beautiful way. We’re really happy for his success and, of course, for us too.”

Currently on tour with Shaggy supporting their "44/876" album, Sting incorporated a mash-up of “Shape of My Heart” and “Lucid Dreams” into each concert with backup vocalist Gene Noble keenly singing the vivid “Lucid Dreams” chorus. “It always gets a great response,” Sting said.

He spoke fondly of Juice WRLD -- “We wish him well. I’m sure we’ll meet up down the road.” -- and wryly observed the royalties from “Lucid Dreams” will "put my grandkids through college."

You can listen to the remake below: