One of pop culture’s most recognizable faces, Robert Pattinson, has announced the release of his new album, Believe. The record will be available to purchase this coming summer. Its lead single, “Someday,” was released last week (June 6th) along with the album’s cover art. The song is an intimate glimpse into Pattinson’s heart and soul. The English actor-turned-singer explores themes of love and loss, regret and longing in the track. “Someday” was co-written by Grammy-nominated songwriters Julia Michaels and Scott Rix, who previously collaborated with Kelly Clarkson on her Grammy-winning album, Meaning of Life.

Pattinson followed up “Someday” with two other tracks on the album: the gorgeous ballad, “Wish You Would” and the retro-sounding pop gem, “Come Back to Me.” Believe is an artistic representation of Pattinson’s ongoing journey as an artist. He has never been afraid to experiment with sounds and genres, but this time around, he focused on rock music, inspired by the iconic British bands, The Beatles and The Who. This can be attributed to his interest in history. “I really love the story of rock ‘n’ roll, and how it all started,” he tells Rolling Stone. “It’s one of my favorite periods in music history, and I feel like I’ve got a responsibility as a descendant of that music to pay attention to it and try to keep it alive.”

Pattinson was influenced by the British invasion in the 1960s. He cites The Beatles, The Who, and The Kinks as musical icons, all of whom had a profound impact on his upbringing. The singer-songwriter was initially inspired to write music after watching The Beatles’ performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. “I remember watching that and just thinking, ‘That’s what I want to do,'” Pattinson says. “I wanted to be able to look at somebody and just go ‘boom!’ and play my music. So [The Beatles] were a big influence on that side of my life, and still are, actually.”

The Englishman also cites his love for British literature as a literary influence, particularly the works of William Shakespeare. He was particularly moved by King Lear, which is reflected in the album’s penultimate track, “The King.” “I think it’s Shakespeare,” Pattinson says. “I think that what he does is so brilliant and it’s so poetic…It’s a great tragedy and one of the greatest stories ever told. And the best thing is that it’s so human.”

Shakespeare’s most famous dramas, Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear — along with Christopher Marlowe’s Elizabethan Trilogy, which includes Tamburlaine the Great, The Tragical History of Romeo and Juliet, and The Conquest of Damascus — are among the hundreds of works that have been adapted for the big screen. Many of the world’s renowned actors and actresses have graced these plays, most notably: William Shakespeare, Marlon Brando, and Laurence Olivier. In the 1960s, the three British giants collaborated on the movie, Help!, which was based on the musical comedy, Oliver!. The film is considered one of the greatest achievements in the history of the cinematic arts.

With a star-studded cast that included Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, and Roger McGuinn, among others, this classic black and white comedy focuses on the bonds of friendship that exist between an office worker (Olivier) and his coworkers, who become dedicated to helping the man repay his criminal past. Directed by George Roy Hill and released in 1960, Help! is among the best-known of Shakespeare’s plays. Hamlet, which is often considered Shakespeare’s most mature work, is likewise one of the greatest plays of all time. Its title character ponders over his existentialist dilemma, wondering, “To be or not to be?” Perhaps more than any other work, Hamlet has influenced pop culture, ranging from jazz and blues musicians to filmmakers. The 1995 movie, Hamlet, which starred Bill Pullman, was named the greatest American film of all time by the American Film Institute (AFI). The Danish playwright and poet, Anders Andre Nielsen popularized the phrase, “A tragedy plus time equals comedy.”

Pullman, who played the title role in the film adaptation of Hamlet, was a great admirer of the Bard and often cited him as a personal inspiration. “Shakespeare was always trying to figure out what makes people tick. And people always want to know the same thing when tragedies happen. What makes these people tick?,” says Pullman, who won a Golden Globe for his performance. “That’s what I find fascinating about the Bard. You go through these extraordinary experiences [as an actor] and you think about it, and then something happens, and you go, ‘Ah, that’s what it was.'”

The Man Behind The Mask

The Englishman has lived a life seemingly at the center of the pop culture universe. He is one of the most recognizable faces in the world today. His dark eyes and exotic features have made him an idol for fans of both sexes and all ages. The multi-hyphenate has worked in film, theater, and music, appearing in blockbusters such as Harry Potter and the Twilight series. He is also well-known for his collaborations with fashion designers, having starred in the campaigns for both Versace and Ralph Lauren.

With a career spanning more than 40 years, acting and singing have always been part of the 22-year-old’s repertoire. And it’s clear that he hasn’t wasted his time in the limelight. In addition to his creative endeavors, Pattinson has launched a clothing line, Pedersen Tragic, which offers beautiful silk scarves printed with vintage photographs of the fashion designer’s family and friends. He attributes this serendipitous connection to his mother, Kate Winslet, who designed the collection. “I actually started this brand because my mom liked scarves and they were one of the only items of clothing she could really dress elegantly,” Pattinson says.

Pattinson’s acting career includes a memorable turn in Woody Allen’s 2011 film, Midnight in Paris. The Englishman plays a famous Russian painter, wandering the French capital in search of inspiration. Allen’s witty black comedy parodies many styles and genres, placing its emphasis on the creative process and the clash of cultures. If you’re in Paris this coming summer, don’t miss Allen’s most famous muse: Robert Pattinson.

The Rise Of Instagram

Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms today, boasting over 500 million monthly active users. The photo-sharing app lets users share images with friends and followers on a variety of topics, from the mundane (i.e., food images) to the extraordinary (i.e., travel photos and videos).

The photo-sharing app was originally conceived as a simple way for celebrities and public figures to share their latest work with fans. Since then, it has evolved into a valuable tool for creators to connect with audience members and spur interest in their projects. On the subject of Instagram, author Nick Bilton writes:

“It’s the most popular social media platform among American adults. It is loved by everyone from fans to creators to politicians, who use it to connect with citizens,” Bilton said. “Instagram allows them to be more accessible to people and allows them to have a conversation with their followers. It is changing the way people interact with celebrities and politicians.”

Instagram’s ability to grow its audience with ease is a testament to its popularity. According to a study released this past January by the media analysis firm, Parse.ly, the photo-sharing app is now available in 160 countries, spanning five continents. The only countries where Instagram is not yet available are Antarctica and North Pole.

How Social Media Is Changing Entertainment

Today, celebrities and public figures must consider how to integrate social media into their strategies, harnessing the power and popularity of platforms like Instagram to grow their audiences, build their blogs, and attract potential future employers.

The world of entertainment is changing. Thanks to social media, celebrities and public figures can now grow their fan bases, become entrepreneurs, and even make a living from creating content for platforms like Instagram.