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The Police beat goes on

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It’s been 14 years since the release of their last full studio album, but all signs indicate that the Police still have the world wrapped around their fingers. Rapper-producer Sean ”Puffy” Combs’ ”I’ll Be Missing You,” a remake of ”Every Breath You Take,” has been one of the year’s biggest songs, topping the Billboard singles chart for 11 weeks. Meanwhile, Miles Copeland — who managed the band and continues to manage Sting — owns a label that released two new albums in July: Police Academy, recordings by Strontium 90, an early incarnation of the band; and Reggatta Mondatta, Police covers by such reggae artists as Ziggy Marley and Maxi Priest. In November, A&M is set to release a combined Police/Sting greatest-hits CD, which will include a version of ”Roxanne” remixed by Combs. Even Mel Gibson quotes ”Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” in Conspiracy Theory.

With all the Police activity, could a reunion be in the offing? ”I would very much like the band to re-form,” says drummer Stewart Copeland (Miles’ brother), who now spends most of his time scoring films. Guitarist Andy Summers, who has an instrumental album coming out this fall, also says he’d be willing to get back together. But Sting’s manager is less optimistic — understandable given the frontman’s solo successes: ”I’m not holding my breath,” says Miles Copeland. ”Sting has said, ‘Never use the word never.’ But I’m not counting on it.” All hopeful fans can do, as the song says, is watch every move they make.

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