Sam Fender teases major update on third album during Brian Johnson and Mark Knopfler’s Music Legends

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1 May 2024, 09:06

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Singer-songwriter Sam Fender has teased what’s to come for his highly-anticipated third album. 

He released the critically-acclaimed debut Hypersonic Missiles in 2019, followed by equally beloved sophomore record Seventeen Going Under two years later. 

Sam was the latest guest on Mark Knopfler and Brian Johnson’s Sky Arts series Music Legends, and while chatting to his fellow Geordie stars, the rocker admitted he’s all for taking his time with album number three. 

He admitted: "We have been recording and recording and making loads of stuff but it got to the point where I thought: ‘We don’t need to get this out yet. We need to get it right’.

“For the second one we rushed to get that out and the third one we started rushing and I thought: ‘No, we have got to take the time.’”

Sam confessed he would rather his next record be “late and great than early and s**te” but he’s already “over the moon” with what is currently recorded. 

Outside of music, the BRIT Award winner opened up about how being bullied at school helped propel him to superstardom. 

“Schoolyard bullying is what makes a rock star,” he admitted. “It is either going to put you down or it is going to make you work harder for it.”

Johnson & Knopfler’s Music Legends recently welcomed Sir Tom Jones for its debut episode, with the legendary singer discussing his friendship with Elvis, as well as his earliest musical influences. 

While we await the news about Sam’s next album, fans can still enjoy his latest release with Sticks Season singer Noah Kahan. 

In Homesick, Kahan explores the complexities of his relationship with his Vermont hometown, addressing the contrasting emotions of yearning for escape and the desire to return home.

Fender, known for his evocative portrayal of life in North Shields, England, brings his own perspective to the collaboration.

The process behind the track extended beyond the studio, with Kahan visiting Fender's hometown in Newcastle. The experience deepened their connection, and Fender contributed his parts to the collaboration in North Shields, overlooking the 'static cranes' mentioned in his verse.

Johnson and Knopfler’s Music Legends is on Sky Arts, Freeview and NOW TV now.