Florida Georgia Line Talks New Music & Dream Collaborator Rihanna
Florida Georgia Line has been "writing like crazy" for its third album -- including with unlikely collaborators such as Nelly and Aloe Blacc. And the group will take things even further afield if it gets a chance.
"We'd love to do something with Rihanna; that would be a dream come true for both of us," the group's Brian Kelley, speaking on behalf of musical partner Tyler Hubbard, tells Billboard. "We'll work with pretty much anybody as long as the song's right and we're a fan and they're a fan and everybody's got a good attitude. Collaborating is fun; that, to me, is what music's all about. It shows you all the different things an artist can do and how they can sing differently and all that. To me it's part of music. I think there should be more collaborations."
Even though Anything Goes, FGL's chart-topping sophomore album, is just 10 months old, the duo and its main collaborator, producer Joey Moi, are already well along the path toward its follow-up. Vocal recording began during mid-July, according to Kelly, with most of the work being done at his Treehouse home studio. "I can't really pinpoint anything, but I just think the songs are going to be better and different," Kelley predicts. "I think they're gonna be deeper. I think there are points we haven't touched on. I think people are gonna get to know us even more. On every record we've let them in on what we like, what we don't like, who we like to party with. We're very transparent with our lyrics, and we're gonna continue to be, but we know where the bar is and we're gonna try to raise it. We're taking our time with this and making sure it's real and it's tight and ready to rock."
FGL is currently promoting the title track and fourth single from Anything Goes, but Kelley says that will be the last one from the album. The next release will be the first from the new album, and could come by December or the beginning of 2016. "I can't tell you the name of it, but it's gonna rock the world. We can't wait for everybody to hear that new one," Kelley says.
The duo is, of course, feeling both momentum and pressure after two No. 1 albums and nine consecutive top 10 country hits. "I think that 100 percent motivates us," Kelley says. "You may sit back on an off day and be thankful and think about what's happened the last couple years, or this week, but you also can't get fixated on it. You can't get suck on it and let it define you. So we just get back in the studio and we get back on the road and try to take care of our bodies and work out and stay mentally healthy and work on the music, man."
FGL is in the midst of its Anything Goes Tour, into October, mixing headline dates with support slots on good buddy Luke Bryan's stadium shows. Hubbard, meanwhile, is also enjoying newlywed time with wife Hayley, whom he married on July 1. "My wife and I ordered him and his wife a teepee for their land," Kelley reports. "That's what the gifted us, and that teepee has had a huge meaning for my wife and I; it's become the logo for our clothing company and we've always loved it. So we actually gifted them back a really nice teepee as well so they can go have fun out on their land."