After becoming a household name thanks to a pair of No. 1 singles on the Hot 100 chart, the members of party-rocking pop duo LMFAO are now recording their own solo projects, while their collaborative project is on an indefinite hiatus. Although 37-year-old Redfoo has indicated that he wants to make solo music that remains in the "Party Rock Anthem" vein, the other half of LMFAO, 26-year-old Skyler "Sky Blu" Gordy, tells Billboard that he plans to venture outside of his comfort zone on his debut solo disc, due out July 4.
"It's definitely going to show you the spectrum of who I am and what I do, because I truly want to be great at what I do," says Sky Blu, who released his first solo single, "Pop Bottles," last month, and performed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Wednesday night (Feb. 20). "I don't want to just be known for shuffling. I love shuffling, but it's just the beginning of the legacy I want to leave as an artist."
Sky Blu has been working with Mark Rosas, the Cataracs and the Partysquad on his LP, and says that he has "almost 100 songs" to choose from for the summer release. When LMFAO was still going strong, Sky Blu would record and then sit on songs that didn't quite fit into the duo's aesthetic, and those songs have been saved up for years. Those songs included "a little rock, a little punk, a little crazy hip-hop," says Sky.
"Pop Bottles," which has sold 15,000 downloads so far according to Nielsen SoundScan, is a more traditional club banger from the co-auteur of "Party Rock Anthem" and "Sexy and I Know It," but the singer says that the song is simply a gateway into the more experimental stylings of his forthcoming debut.
"I made a couple hip-hop songs -- there's a lot of trap, which is making its way to the mainstream," says Sky Blu. "And then a lot of experimental music as well, along with a few more club/house songs that people will know and love."
There's also a much-ballyhooed Spanish-language song on the album, which Sky Blu discussed  after performing at the Latin Grammy Awards last November. "I believe it's a Spanish 'Shots,'" he says. "I want it to take over, straight up."
As Redfoo told Billboard earlier this month , the dynamic between the son and grandson of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy has changed since the duo reached the top of the charts in 2011. Sky Blu says that fans are already pleading for the duo to return, but he and his uncle are hoping to carve their own niches in the pop universe before reforming in the future.
"Sometimes the world may want one thing, but if you show them something else that they love, it could be even greater when we come back together," says SkyBlu. "I really feel that we're both gonna be really successful solo, and the world is not gonna expect what we're gonna bring to the table, but we're gonna bring it."
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