Pop queen Taylor Swift strikes up friendship with Marcus Mumford of Brit folk-rockers Mumford & Sons

TAYLOR SWIFT ditched pop music for her hit album Folklore in May and judging by her latest pal, the new sound is here to stay.

I’ve learned she has struck up a friendship with Marcus Mumford, the frontman of British folk-rock band Mumford & Sons, and has been working with him in the UK.

The superstar has homes in the US but she has been spending large stretches of time in England as it is where her actor boyfriend Joe Alwyn is from.

In fact, the couple are believed to now both be pals of Marcus and his wife, actress Carey Mulligan. And Taylor has been putting her time on both sides of the Atlantic to good use by making more music.

She is currently re-recording her first six studio albums following a row with music exec Scooter Braun over ownership of the rights to her back catalogue, which she is no longer in control of.

But fans will now be hoping there is new material on the way too, which could include a record with Marcus.

My music insider said: “Taylor is a long-time fan of Mumford & Sons and has done covers of their songs over the years.

“Their sound really resonates with her so the fact they’ve been in the studio together actually makes total sense. Taylor’s become mates with Marcus and Carey so it’s just the next step, naturally, to work together, particularly as her recent sound is so much closer to the music Marcus is used to making.”

Taylor, who has been nominated for six Grammys for Folklore, opened up this week about her experience re-recording old songs, including breakout 2008 hit Love Story.

She said: “I’ve been having a really good time re- recording my older music.

“It’s been the most fun doing Love Story, because the older music . . . my voice was so teenaged and sometimes when I hear my older music and my young teenage voice, it makes me feel like I’m a different singer now.

“It’s been the most fun to go back and re-record ones that I feel like I can actually, possibly improve upon.

“So that has been a really amazing, fun adventure.”

RASH LOOKS FLASH

PREMIER League footballer Marcus Rashford strikes a pose in a dinner jacket and bow tie as he nets another win.

The Man Utd player, who has spoken out about food poverty, was dressed up for the virtual GQ Men Of The Year Awards bash, where he won the Campaigner trophy.

At last night’s event, hosted by comic Jack Whitehall, Normal People actor Paul Mescal bagged his first major award. The Irishman picked up the Hugo Boss Breakthrough Actor gong.

In music, Shawn Mendes won Best Solo Artist, while Ozzy Osbourne was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award.

Captain Sir Tom Moore bagged the Inspiration award.

And Piers Morgan got the award for TV Personality. He probably won’t mention it.

JESY BACK IN THE MIX

GOOD news for Little Mix fans – Jesy Nelson will feature on the girls’ new song.

British DJ Nathan Dawe – who had a hit this summer with Lighter, featuring KSI – has today released No Time For Tears with Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards and Jesy.

Jesy has been away from the band for several weeks due to health reasons, but the band’s exhilarating new single was recorded beforehand.

The pandemic means a video may not land for some time, though.

Nathan told me: “There won’t be one straight away but we are hoping we can get something sorted.

“At the minute, due to Covid restrictions, it’s not as easy as it would be usually.

“Little Mix haven’t really been on a song that sounds like this – it’s so bass-heavy. But we’ve managed to mix their pop element and my bass, house element really well.

“It’s going to shock a lot of people, in a good way.

“I want to keep people’s mood up throughout the winter.”

LISA: PRINCE CAN STEP IN

STEPS managed to get Prince Charles to do their famous Tragedy dance routine 21 years ago – and now they’re hoping to get him to recreate it along with other royals.

The group are back today with their sixth album, What The Future Holds, and will perform a single from it on Sunday’s Royal Variety Performance, at which they are planning to get the Prince of Wales involved again.

In an exclusive chat, Lisa Scott-Lee said: “It’s definitely an iconic photo now.

“When we came to meet Prince Charles I was the one who asked him if he would do the Tragedy dance so we could get a photo, and he was a good sport about it.

“The rest of the band actually told me off because they were like, ‘You can’t ask Prince Charles to do Tragedy’, but I was always a bit cheeky.

“I would be inclined to ask one of the Royal Family again. I did it 21 years ago and I’d do it again – so watch this space.”

They’ve proved one of the most successful reunions with sold-out tours and another hit album, Tears On The Dancefloor in 2017. But other acts haven’t been so lucky.

The Sun told this week how Hear’Say are in talks for a comeback, although band member Myleene Klass is reluctant to take part.

Lisa’s husband Johnny Shentall replaced Kym Marsh in Hear’say in 2002, several months before the band split, but he isn’t returning either.

She said: “Johnny’s really busy in Dubai because we’ve got a dance school we own over there and he’s choreographed a show that’s opening this weekend. We’re so busy, I don’t know if that’s on the cards.”

On the success of their own reunion, Lisa added: “We always said we would never return or make a comeback without the full five original members.

“That’s our strength and a lot of our peers have tried without the full original line-up so that waters it down.

“We are now enjoying longevity after 23 years, which we never thought would happen.

“There’s a certain magic with Steps and it’s just working. Good luck to anyone else coming back but it’s definitely not easy.”

DRAKE LOOKS TO THE WEEKND

DRAKE has suggested there should be a new music awards ceremony after artists like The Weeknd were snubbed this week in the nominations for the Grammys.

He said: “We should stop allowing ourselves to be shocked every year by the disconnect between impactful music and these awards.

“This is a great time for somebody to start something new.”

DUA PLANS DELUXE VERSION OF FUTURE

DUA LIPA has more music coming soon, just eight months after her album Future Nostalgia.

She wants to put out an extended version of the record, which was her second, with new artists included on it.

The Don’t Start Now singer revealed: “I am working on putting out the deluxe version of my record for next year, so you might hear some unexpected collaborations that you haven’t heard before.”

Dua, who will perform a livestream concert called Studio 2054 at 8pm tonight, added: “I’ve already started thinking about my third album, especially because there is no touring at the moment.

“I’m gonna just start writing and just see where it takes me.”

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