NEW YORK: Pop star Sting is to release his first full-length album of original material since 2003, the New York Times reports.

The Last Ship, due in September, will feature songs the Tyneside-born artist has written for a stage musical about shipbuilding in the north of England. Sting’s output over the last decade has included an album of lute music and 2010’s Symphonicities, which featured symphonic covers of some of his songs.

It is hoped The Last Ship will open on Broadway in 2014. Set in a shipyard in Wallsend, England, The Last Ship is set against the decline of Newcastle’s shipbuilding industry in the 1980s. Sting has been working on the project for three year and his collaborators include James Bond Skyfall writer John Logan.–BBC