ROBIN THICKE’S PAULA
Shortly after premiering his new song, Get Her Back, at the Billboard Music Awards in May, it turns out Robin Thicke had more than just a new track up his sleeve. In fact, he has a whole album of songs ready to go.
The singer announced that he’ll release his seventh studio album titled Paula, not even a year after his chart-topping hit Blurred Lines. The record is set to hit stores on July 1 and is said to be Thicke’s attempt to get back together with estranged wife, Paula Patton.
“After we announced our separation and stuff I went right into the studio and had a lot to say and made a whole album in about a month,” Thicke, 37, told Steve Harvey during an interview. “I gotta impress her somehow.”
No word yet what Patton thinks of the musician’s latest romantic gesture. However, the actress, recently told Vanity Fair that she’ll always share a connection with her estranged husband. “We’ve known each other since we were teenagers,” she said. “All I can tell you is there’s a deep love there—always was, and always will be. He wasn’t my first kiss, but he was my first lots of other things.”
Paula will be a highly anticipated album since Blurred Lines debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and was nominated for a GRAMMY.
HUNTING PARTY WITH LINKIN PARK
Rock band Linkin Park recently released their sixth full length album Hunting Party, what they call the prequel to Hybrid Theory, their mega-selling 2000 debut.
Hunting Party is the Cali rap-rock bands first album since 2003 not produced by Rick Rubin. And the LP has them going rogue and attacking everything from companies to politicians. They have been putting a lot of work into promoting the record, playing benefit shows and participating in MTV’s Ultimate Fan Experience contest, allowing fans the opportunity to meet Linkin Park’s members.
“We found ourselves in a unique position to be able to make a really heavy record because we can,” said frontman Chester Bennington to Loud Wire. “We’ve set ourselves in [Linkin Park] to really be open-minded to doing anything that we want stylistically. If we want to write a hip-hop track, we can. If we want to write a country song, we can. Folk song that turns into a hip-hop track that turns into a death metal track, we can do that. There’s nothing binding us to a specific style.”
Linkin Park worked on the record with guest musicians including Rage Against the Machine’s, Tom Morello and Daron Malakian from System of a Down.
“We got to the point where we were kind of like, needing some inspiration and we wanted to work with someone else so we did a jam session with Tom Morello for a day, got some great music out of that. We called Daron, he was down to come down and hang out. There was no pressure,” Bennington added.
BELLY ON UP TO LADY ANTEBELLUM
On June 4, Lady Antebellum hinted at the direction of their upcoming fifth album with an upbeat performance on the CMT Music Awards.
Focusing on more up-tempo material, such as their new single Bartender, the band revealed backstage that the group is exploring its enthusiastic side.
“We’re definitely leaning heavy into a fun, in your face record this time,” singer Charles Kelley told reporters, including the blog the Country Vibe. “I think for us, this is by far the most kind of fun, up-tempo record we’ve ever made. I think we always set out to do that and for some reason we’ve always kind of strayed off into the ballad/mid-tempo world, [but] we stuck to it with this album.”
Kelley said the trio is targeting a fall release of the yet-to-be-titled album, but that could shift based on the performance of Bartender.
“I love this song because there’s something empowering about not going for the rebound or just moping around over a guy,” singer Hillary Scott has said previously. “There are those times in your life when you need to feel sorry for yourself and be sad, but this song is all about hitting the dance floor with your girlfriends and just forgetting him.”
Though they already have a variety of lighthearted, dancier tracks to their credit, the trio also has made a reputation out of heartbreaking ballads.
“We will have a couple of those types of songs on the new album, so don’t worry,” Kelley says of softer cuts. “To keep people interested, and to keep ourselves interested, we have to mix things up. We don’t take any of this for granted anymore, and if people are diggin’ what we’re doing and having a good time, that’s the main goal.”
Stolen Fruit is an acoustic pop and folk rock band composed of Andrea McCain’s sweet melodic vocals, Robert Michael as lead guitarist, Aaron J. Beauregard on the bass and Matt Wilson on the skins. The bands unique sound, passion and musical talent is contagious. Vibe with Stolen Fruit on:
- July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: 9:30 pm at Backstreets in Cape Coral, FL.
- July 11: 7 pm at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille in Fort Myers 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:
- July 1, 2, 4, 8 – 11, 15 – 18, 22 – 25 & 29 – 31: 12 pm at Bert’s Bar in Matlacha, FL.
- July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31: 6 pm at Dorado’s Seafood in North Fort Myers, FL.
- July 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27: 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:
- July 5: 7 pm at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille in Fort Myers Beach, FL.
- July 13: 2 pm at Seminole Casino in Immokalee, FL.
- July 19: 7 pm at Nick & Stella’s in Fort Myers, FL.