He’s won UK awards, number 1s and plenty of admirers, but Sam Fender hasn’t broken into America yet.
However, that’s about to change as the crooner prepares for his third album with a new, danceable sound.
We can reveal that Sam is working with UK super-producer Markus Dravs, who has worked with Coldplay, Wolf Alice, Bjork and Florence + The Machine.
Markus is well established in the United States and has landed three Grammys, so he knows the formula for success there.
A source said: “Sam has had a blinding few years in the UK and his next move is to try and break America.
“It’s no small feat, but with the right team around him, he definitely has what it takes to knock their socks off.
“He’s already mastered the melodic indie rock genre, but record label bosses are hoping his collaboration with Markus could add a different vibe to his sound and include potential up-tempo dance hits.”
Sam is not afraid to spread his artistic wings. Last month he revealed he had teamed up with Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Mark Knopfler on a superstar song.
He revealed: “We sting us FaceTimes from time to time, strangely I always end up in the bath.
“We were in the studio the other day. I did a charity event with him and Mark Knopfler.
“I just did some guitar stuff, which was the most annoying thing ever.
“I’m going to play guitar on a Mark Knopfler song – he’s one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Springsteen is on it too.”
But not all of his encounters with superstars end so well.
Last week he apologized for posting a photo of himself in Newcastle with Johnny Depp and calling him a ‘hero’ on the same day the verdict was delivered in the defamation case of the actor against ex Amber Heard.
Sam said: “I realize now that was a poor choice of words and timing.”
ENGLAND football ace Jack Grealish learns to DJ.
He opened up about his new hobby in a YouTube video filmed alongside fellow Lions Bukayo Saka and Declan Rice.
He told the guys, “I’m trying to learn how to DJ, aren’t I?”
And when they asked him what name he would be touring under, he replied: “DJ Grealo”.
THE GOLDEN ERA FOR KYLIE
KYLIE MINOGUE shines in a gold snakeskin dress and matching thigh high boots as she poses for a sultry photo on her Instagram page.
The Spinning Around popstar stood in front of a gold picture frame that also appeared to have scales engraved on it, adding the caption, “Hi Miami!”
And she also posted a close-up of the flirty curls on the side of her outfit.
Here’s hoping we defy age like Kylie at 54.
LOTTIE MOSS has expanded beyond posting her kit on OnlyFans and has set up a sex advice messaging service costing £160 a month.
A punter told us: “Lottie was very talkative and told me that I had to make my girlfriend feel special in the bedroom.
“I was hoping for something a little more direct and X-rated.”
VANESSA KIRBY, who played Princess Margaret in The Crown, is back on the dating market and looking for love on Raya.
The actress was last linked to Christopher Abbott, her on-screen husband in The World To Come.
But sources say it is not an object, adding that Vanessa created a profile under her nickname Noo on the dating app.
JUSTIN’S FACE AGONY
JUSTIN BIEBER revealed yesterday that he has pulled out of upcoming concerts after suffering from facial paralysis caused by a rare syndrome.
The Baby hitmaker, who canceled performances in Toronto, Washington DC and New York, told fans a virus had affected the nerves in his ear and face.
But Justin insisted he would soon be on the mend.
In a video on Instagram, he explained, “I have this syndrome called Ramsay Hunt Syndrome.
“It caused paralysis in my face.
“This eye doesn’t blink, I can’t smile from this side, this nostril doesn’t move.
“It’s pretty serious, but obviously my body is telling me I need to slow down. I hope you understand.”
As newly married pop star Britney Spears posts the snaps from her big day online, we can reveal she has another reason to smile.
Britney worked with her lawyer Mathew Rosengart to create a prenup agreement before marrying Sam Asghari – where he agreed to take nothing if they split.
But if the couple has children, Sam will have access to their property.
A source said: “Sam has made it clear that he would be happy to walk away with nothing.
However, he clarified that under California law, if they started a family and separated, the money issue would become much more complicated.
STRICTLY dancer Jowita Przystal has split from her partner of nine years Michael Danilczuk after being named one of the show’s four new pros.
Sources say he was “disgusted” to have been passed over for a role alongside his girlfriend.
One said: “Things hadn’t worked out and a rift had developed.”
TAKEN LIVE: YEAH YEAH YEAH @ BRIXTON ACADEMY
FRONTWOMAN Karen O has never been known for her wallflower tendencies.
Emerging on stage in a bright technicolor kimono, she stayed deliciously true to form.
In front of a sold-out crowd, his magnetic presence ushered in the low BPM beat of comeback single Spitting Off the Edge Of The World.
From there, New Yorkers quickly turned up the heat. Karen O’s head jerked up quickly, the microphone buried deep in her mouth like old times.
The distorted synth-disco of Heads Will Roll sent the crowd into a spin in a shower of confetti, and a ferocious Date With The Night brought the proceedings to a halt.
Loud, melodic and hypnotic, after nine long years of absence, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are finally back in the saddle.
God, we missed them.