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Silk Sonic delay album release: What to know about Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak's album

Jenna Ryu

Bad news: Silk Sonic is delaying the release of their highly-anticipated album, "An Evening With Silk Sonic."

The R&B duo of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak revealed in a Rolling Stone interview published Wednesday their first studio album is "in touch-up mode now."

“We’ve got the bones of most of the album, so it’s really about touching up parts that need a little more… Grease.” Mars said, adding that more singles would be released in the meantime. 

Four months after the release of their debut hit single, "Leave the Door Open," Silk Sonic  in July dropped their second single from their studio album "Skate" – a groovy track with an upbeat retro music video. 

The music video opens with Mars and .Paak playing the drums outside as women roller-skate and dance around them. "Skate" offers viewers that '70s feel-good nostalgia to make them feel as if they're gliding, slipping and sliding into the summer.

"I'm tryna roll, I'm tryna ride/I'm tryna float, I'm tryna glide/No, no, don’t be shy, just take my hand and hold on tight," Mars croons in the chorus.

"Skate" is the group's second single from their first studio album, "An Evening With Silk Sonic," which was teased earlier this year. Here's everything we know about the group and their highly anticipated album.

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Who is Silk Sonic? What to know about Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak

Iconic funk legend Bootsy Collins named the duo Silk Sonic. Mars is a Grammy Award-winning singer known for hit songs like "Just The Way You Are” and “Grenade," and .Paak is a hip-hop icon who first stoked anticipation with his 2016 breakthrough album "Malibu."

The collaboration was organic, Mars told Apple Music's Zane Lowe in March. Mars said he called .Paak on his birthday and told him to come to the studio to record and .Paak showed up drunk because, well, it was his 25th birthday.

Bruno Mars, left, and Anderson .Paak of Silk Sonic.

"It snowballed. And it was like, well, want to come back tomorrow? And we kept coming up with music. It felt like why you fall in love with music in the first place. And jamming with your buddy. … There’s no plan, just working out the parts and trying to excite each other," Mars said.

The musical supergroup made its debut TV performance at the 2021 Grammy Awards later that month.

Collins will also be narrating Silk Sonic's upcoming album. "He represents what a superstar is," Mars said in a March interview with Sirius XM Hits 1. "We grew up listening to that, and he's got that iconic voice…We needed a real OG to host it."

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When is the album's release date?

The group's debut album has a name, "An Evening With Silk Sonic," and was originally slated for the fall, but the band announced that it would be pushed back to January 2022. There is still no exact release date.

Mars and .Paak confirmed earlier this year that the album is finished.

“We locked in and made an album. The band’s called Silk Sonic," Mars wrote on Instagram in February. Similarly, .Paak also broke the news to his followers.


Though they have been keeping details about their album close to their chests, Mars teased that working on the album made him feel "like being a kid again."

"Growing up playing music, you lock yourself in the garage with your friend, Andy on drums, me on the guitar, working out the parts and just trying to write the best songs we possibly can. And hopefully if we like it, then the world is gonna like it," he said in the SiriusXM interview. 

'Leave the Door Open': Songs released so far

Before "Skate," Silk Sonic released their first single, "Leave the Door Open" in March. In the music video, .Paak is on the drums and Mars on the piano, and the duo are backed by a full band on bass, a conga drum and percussion instruments – all dressed in looks that give off that signature retro feel.

"Leave The Door Open" gives smooth, old school, love song vibes per Anita Baker, who would know a thing or two about a soulful romantic love song, and social media is here for it.

@Deeclectic tweeted in March: "oh okay.. this Bruno Mars and Pak (sic) is dope. such wholesome vibes."

Some fans were excited that Mars, who hasn't released an album since 2016's "24K Magic," returned with new music.

"BRUNO MARS IS BACK," tweeted @horandowney.

Contributing: Rasha Ali