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Photo Courtesy: Republic Records

Photo Courtesy: Republic Records

ON THE EDGE OF A REVOLUTION

The multi-Platinum selling Canuck rockers, Nickelback are gearing up for the release of their 8th studio effort via Republic Records and promise it will be a huge revolution.

The Republic signing was a collaboration between Universal Music Canada CEO Randy Lennox and Republic Records co-founder and CEO Monte Lipman, whom Lennox says “has always shown a keen interest in every detail” of Nickelback’s operation ever since the band’s breakout in 2001.

Together, the music exec’s heard Chad Kroeger and Co.’s new music and, according to Lennox, “present[ed] a collective strategy to Nickelback.”  Lennox adds that the group was “blown away” by the new tunes, and that “Chad [Kroeger] and the band’s writing is, I think, better than ever.”

“For me, on behalf of Republic and this company, it’s about how we can make a difference in their career,” says Lipman.  “And that’s what I convinced these guys— I said, ‘You’re a legacy act, and as far as I’m concerned, your trajectory is right into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and I want to be a part of that.’”

According to a new interview posted on August 15, the How You Remind Me” hitmakers will release the as-yet-untitled album this fall.  Lennox however revealed the band would premiere the lead single Edge of a Revolution on August 19 and that the album’s follow-up single, What Are You Waiting For?, is slated to hit airwaves on September 22.  “An extensive tour planned” in 2015 was also confirmed.

Photo Courtesy: Big Machine Records

Photo Courtesy: Big Machine Records

SWIFT SHAKE’S IT OFF

Taylor Swift announced on a worldwide Yahoo! livestream that she will release her first official pop album 1989 (titled after the year of her birth) on October 27.

The first single off the record Shake It Off is a wildly upbeat song inspired by people who write anything they want about her because she’s an international celebrity.  The superstar confirmed she collaborated with producers Max Martin and Shellback on the track and that the record is “the most sonically cohesive album we’ve ever made” and her favorite record yet.

Swift added that she’d been working on the album for two years, and that the project is influenced by late-’80s pop and what that time period meant to the culture.

“It was apparently a time of just limitless potential and the idea that you can do what you want, be who you want, wear what you want, love who you want and you get to decide where your life is going,” Swift said.  “Bright colors, bold chances, rebellion. The idea of that was so inspiring to me — and the idea of endless possibility was a theme in the last year of my life.”

Photo Courtesy: Republic Nashville

Photo Courtesy: Republic Nashville

ANYTHING GOES FOR FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

Florida Georgia Line has announced their second album, Anything Goes, will be released on October 14.

Following the double-platinum success of their 2012 debut, Here’s to the Good Times, the red-hot duo know there will be some lofty expectations placed on their new tunes.  But in true FGL fashion, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are taking the pressure lightly and focusing on pushing their music into the future.

“A little bit of that pressure creates some pretty good creativity,” Kelley told The Associated Press.  “We just pushed really hard — little melody changes, adding little things here, an 808 drop there, a breakdown here, a different guitar lick there, whatever it may be, we really spent a lot of time on the little details.  Better is better, and that’s our motto.”

The duo worked yet again with producer Joey Moi and the “808 drop” Kelley mentions hints at even more hip-hop influence on the new project.  But don’t expect rapping because the duo decided to push the boundaries of their genre.

“We took all that good energy and the success that (the fans) have given us and put it into making this next record, and I think it shows,” Kelley adds.  “There’s a couple sad songs, there’s a couple that make you think, but at the same time it’s a party album.  It’s a feel-good album.  Right when you get to the last song you’re going to want to start it all over again.  It’s right exactly 100 percent where we are in our lives.”

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Local Vibe

WONDERAMA

Wonderama is a high-energy pop and dance party music band with an authentic sound.  A bit of a “friends and family project,” the five member group fuses Top 40 music with current dance production for a young and energetic sound.  Jam with Wonderama on:

- September 16 & 30: 8 pm Seminole Casino Immokalee in Immokalee, FL.

BEANS AND SEEDS

Beans and Seeds is an acoustic duo that came together in 2007.  Jaime Garza and Mark Cangelosi live for music.  They entertain with a diverse array of classic rock from the ’60s to modern day tunes, with a variety of musical inspirations like The Beatles, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Black Crowes, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and much more.  For high energy from two guys, two guitars and a harmonica check ’em out on:

- September 7: 5 pm at Pincher’s Crab Shack in Fort Myers Beach, FL.
– September 14: 4 pm at TT’s Tiki Bar in Punta Gorda, FL.
– September 27: 6:30 pm at Farlow’s on the Water in Englewood, FL.

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:

- September 4, 11, 18 & 25: 6 pm at Naples Beach Hotel in Naples, FL.
– September 12, 13, 26 & 27: 9 pm at City Tavern in Fort Myers, FL.
– September 30: 5:30 pm at Rosie Spoonbill’s in Bonita Springs, FL.