U2 team up with DJ Martin Garrix to record official Euro 2020 anthem

WITH football stadiums finally set to fill up again in time for the Euros, there is a brand new superstar collaboration coming out to match the upbeat mood.

I can reveal U2 stars Bono and The Edge have teamed up with top Dutch DJ Martin Garrix for the official UEFA Euro 2020 song – a year after the competition was due to take place.

After Martin wrote the music and invited the rock superstars to join him, the unlikely combo have spent months working on the project.

They were spotted yesterday in London, where they are believed to have been shooting the video.

After more than a year of us all being mostly confined to our homes, I’m told the track, called We Are The People, is an absolutely belting anthem which will raise spirits for the matches.

Proper anthem

A music insider said: “Martin adores football so this opportunity was ­massive for him, which is why he aimed for the very top when looking for collaborators.

“He has spent months and months working on this song to make it perfect and once Bono and The Edge were on board, it hit new heights.

“Martin is known for his dance music but they have really turned it into a proper anthem. It’s incredible.

“They have spoken quite a few times and are in London at the moment working on the video. They can’t wait to get it out there for everyone to listen to really soon.”

Since bursting on to the UK music scene with his No1, Animals, in 2013, ­Martin has gone on to have a string of hit singles including collaborations with Dua Lipa and Usher.

Meanwhile, U2 have sold more than 150million records worldwide and achieved seven No1 singles and ten chart-topping albums.

Enrique Iglesias, David Guetta and Zara Larsson, and Nelly Furtado are among the star signings who have provided songs for previous Euros.

The latest tournament kicks off next month with 24 nations competing at stadiums including Wembley, where the final will be played in July.

Martin was first confirmed as the act chosen to create the Euros’ soundtrack way back in October 2019, so he has had plenty of time to perfect it.

He said at the time: “It’s an ­incredible honour to be asked to create the official song for UEFA Euro 2020 and I am so excited to let ­everyone hear it.

“Next summer’s tournament will take the fans closer to the action than ever before, and I hope my song will make everyone in Europe feel like they are part of it.

“Music is my passion, but I’m also a huge football fan, so it’s extra special for me to be able to create the official song for what will be the biggest Euro in ­history.”

A collaboration as strong as this should make it even bigger

Britney attacks Beeb over docu

BRITNEY Spears appeared to slam the BBC over a new documentary about her – but many of her fans are not convinced the Instagram post was actually written by her.

As an hour-long special about the Toxic singer is due to air on BBC2 at 9pm tonight, an Instagram caption on her account read: “So many documentaries about me this year with other people’s takes on my life . . . what can I say . . . I’m deeply flattered!

“These documentaries are so hypocritical . . . they criticise the media and then do the same thing.

“Why highlight the most negative and traumatising times in my life from forever ago?”

But fans question whether she wrote the post, particularly as it was under an unrelated video of her dancing – with no reference to the documentary.

Britney will address the courts next month over her dad Jamie’s control of her finances and life, so perhaps we will finally hear the truth then.

Fuller figure

THE season of the dad bod is officially on.

First, Love Island hunk Chris Hughs told me he’s happier without abs after overindulging during lockdown. Then this week Will Smith proudly showed off his fuller figure while declaring: “I’m in the worst shape of my life.”

Now one of Hollywood’s brawniest stars Mark Wahlberg has debuted his cuddlier physique after gaining 9kg in less than a month.

Contrasting his current look with his famous six pack, Transformers actor Mark wrote on Instagram: “From left photo three weeks ago to this, now.”

Mark is actively gaining weight for upcoming movie Father Stu, where he plays a boxer-turned-priest.

He recently revealed that his goal is to put on almost 14kg in six weeks. But the positive response to his new look is bound to raise the spirits of those who’ve seen the scales creep up by accident in lockdown.

This is one celebrity trend I can get on board with.

Justin wears red 'n' dread

I WONDER if Justin ­Bieber dreads stepping out in public after sparking controversy with his new hairdo?

The star was accused of cultural appropriation last week after debuting his dreadlocks – which are traditionally connected to black culture and identity. He faced a similar row when he wore dreads in 2016.

If Justin was trying to lie low, he wasn’t showing it, wearing a baggy bright red jumper and matching sunglasses on a date night with wife Hailey Bieber to ­Hollywood restaurant Craig’s.

The star also uploaded a snap of himself looking bored in Hailey’s walk-in wardrobe prior to hitting the town.

He explained in the caption: “Waiting for ol girl to figure out what she wants to wear, could be here all night folks wish me luck.”

I’ve never had anyone attempt to cancel me over a haircut, but that I can relate to.

Savor Nile's flavour

HIS last album, Singing To Strangers, went straight to No1 – and now Jack Savoretti is preparing for another UK chart topper.

The British singer has teamed up with Nile Rodgers for his new single Who’s Hurting Who, out tomorrow – the first track from his upcoming LP.

Jack said in a livestream: “When I sent the song to Nile, I didn’t expect him to respond. It has given birth to a friendship I feel so lucky to have.”

But fans will have to wait for his seventh record. Jack said: “I wrote all of the album as a form of escapism.

“Initially I indulged in songwriting about loneliness. But this album came into itself  because of escapism.”

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