MADONNA’S REBEL HEART
Madonna’s 13th studio album, Rebel Heart, is set to release March 6.
The album boasts collaborators such as Nicki Minaj, Nas, Diplo, Avicii and Kanye West-who she described as a difficult artist to keep focused.
“Kanye, for instance, has excellent ideas, but it’s hard to get him to pay attention,” Madge told Billboard. “So, my job was to keep him focused. I was the mistress walking around with the clipboard going, ‘Guys, can you please— can you guys come back in the room? Let’s just finish the song. What do you mean you’re going to a photo shoot? What do you mean you have to go to a red carpet event? Get off your phone! Will you stop tweeting? Wait, we haven’t finished!’”
Madonna went on to talk about the theme behind songs on Rebel Heart saying songs like Joan of Arc display a vulnerable side to her usually stoic persona, whereas the album’s title song talks about regrets and never looking back.
“Everyone has regrets. I have regrets for the smaller things, which ultimately are the bigger things in life. For instance, I regret not being more grateful certain times in my life. I regret not being more compassionate. I regret not saying I’m sorry. I don’t have any career regrets. I have human-being regrets,” the singer adds.
Madonna also commented of her role in challenging American taboos and what the future holds for women.
“I think it’s an ongoing activity in my life. I’m continuing to open doors for the women behind me,” she says. “I don’t know many women who have had a successful career in pop music as long as I’ve had. And I waited until I was older to have children. I raised children and wasn’t married. And I continue to express myself— my sexuality — in my 50’s, even though that’s also considered taboo, and I get a lot of s*** for it.”
RAISE ’EM UP WITH KEITH URBAN
Keith Urban is preparing the follow-up to his 2013 project, Fuse.
Urban has released six songs from his Fuse album, including the recently released single Raise ’Em Up featuring Eric Church. The song reached No. 20 on the US Country Airplay chart, and it charted at No. 26 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
The country singer doesn’t plan on dropping anymore songs from the Fuse album, because he is in the beginning stages of recording his new album.
“Just starting work on the next record. I’m sort of doing the preliminary work of figuring out what’s the next record,” Urban told Billboard Magazine. He continued, “It’s reaching out and talking with people about working with them in the studio, different writers. It’s just lots of ideas and tinkering right now.”
He went on to say that he likes the unknowingness of a new record because “that can be enlightening and sort of revelatory,” Urban said.
A completion date for the project is still unknown, especially since Urban says he would like to not have a timetable. But his mind is on a tour for the album, especially since he decided not to go on a huge tour this year, so he could focus on recording his album.
Instead, Urban will perform at a few music festivals every now and then, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 24.
THREE DAYS GRACE HUMAN
Three Days Grace recently released the title and artwork of their upcoming album, Human.
Drummer Neil Sanderson said working on the record with producer Gavin Brown, who produced their hit 2003 self-titled debut disc, was a great choice for the band.
Sanderson says, “We went back to our roots a bit and recaptured that collaborative feeling of being in a band and bringing out the best ideas in each other. Gavin was a huge part of that in the beginning and we feel like we’re back in those days where we’re high-fiving each other with guitars in our hands.”
Human will be the first album for the group with their new singer Matt Walst. And the effort due out March 31 has already garnered two No. 1 hits on the Active Rock radio chart with Painkiller and their latest chart-topper, I Am Machine.
“We’re so proud of this new album,” Sanderson told Loudwire. “We poured our hearts and souls into this thing. Hard to believe we started this record in 2013…worked on it in Canada, U.S., Russia, Belarus, Germany, U.K., even Amsterdam…mostly with acoustic guitars in the back of a bus rolling after the show. What an experience! So much inspiration from this record has come from late night conversations… just talking about life, looking out the window and looking within our own lives at ourselves.”
GIRL MEETS BOY
Girl Meets Boy plays songs everyone loves! The band plays everything from classic pop to 80s, rock to country as a duo or trio. Their musicality is impressive and their energy infectious. Catch up with Girl Meets Boy on:
- March 1, 6, 8, 27: 1 pm at Naples Beach Hotel in Naples, FL.
- March 5, 12, 19 & 26: 6 pm at Naples Beach Hotel in Naples, FL.
- March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: 3 pm at The Dek in Cape Coral, FL.
- March 4, 11, 18 & 25: 6:30 pm at Doc Ford’s Fort Myer’s Beach Rum Bar & Grille in Fort Myer’s Beach, FL.
Calypso Magic is a tropical music performance act featuring Skip Elliott Bowman on the steel pan. Skip is a seasoned musician that has played around the world and delights in personally researching his instruments and genres. With an enjoyable blend of island sounds and pop/country favorites mixed with a Caribbean groove and even classical music, Calypso Magic shares the sounds of paradise! Take in some relaxing tunes with Calypso Magic on:
- March 3 – 5, 10 – 12, 17 – 19 & 24 – 26: 12 pm at Bert’s Bar in Matlacha, FL.
- March 6 – 8, 13 – 15, 20 – 22 & 27 – 29: 1 pm at Bert’s Bar in Matlacha, FL.
The Chicago Mob came together in 2009 as a funky, danceable blues and Motown band that really knows how to have a great time. They play everything from the Doobie Brothers to Robert Johnson’s Sweet Home Chicago, and give audiences one heck of a “Mob” shake down. Funk with the Mob on:
- March 7 & 28: 4 pm at Seminole Casino in Immokalee, FL.
- March 8 & 15: 12 pm at Seminole Casino in Immokalee, FL.
- March 13: 6 pm at Fathom’s in Cape Coral, FL.
- March 17: 7 pm at Nick & Stella’s in Fort Myers, FL.