Zucchero ready to bless America with his songs 

He hails from Italy, looks like Slash’s eccentric top-hatted uncle, and has sold over 40 million albums in his three-decade overseas career. So get ready, America — the single-monikerred man Zucchero has set his sights on these shores now!

And he’s pulling out all the trans-Atlantic stops, with a new Decca disc dubbed “Chocabeck” that he’s retooled specifically for the U.S. Some tracks are still sung in Italian, as on the original edition, like “Soldati Nella Mia Citta” (“Soldiers In My Town,” based on his grandmother’s memories of WW II). But he’s enlisted some high-profile pals for the rest.

The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson chimes in on Zucchero’s “Spirit Together,” translated by none other than the Iguana himself, Iggy Pop. Pop also reworked “Alla Fine” into an English “Too Late.” “God Bless The Child” isn’t the traditional spiritual — it’s a brand new Zucchero number, co-penned with Tears For Fears maestro Rolan Orzabal. And “Someone Else’s Tears” boasts a translation by one of the man’s biggest supporters, Bono, who had this to say: “My friend Zucchero has had Italy singing and dancing for years ... [his] voice is the sound of aged oak, like an old, oak-aged whisky.”

The album comes out Oct. 4, but will Zucchero catch on over here? Stay tuned, or visit www.zucchero.it/.

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