NEW YORK (AP) -- Patrick Stump is still having a hard time getting people to understand what he's trying to accomplish with his solo effort, "Soul Punk."
Though the album is upbeat and dance-filled — miles away from the emo-rock music he made with Fall Out Boy — he says he wasn't trying to jump on the club-centric groove that pop music is focused on these days.
Instead, he sees his first full solo effort as an R&B record in the vein of Prince or Michael Jackson, his childhood inspirations.
"If it sounds like modern dance music, I think it's by coincidence," said Stump late last month.
The frontman for Fall Out Boy says some people couldn't comprehend his artistic vision; that's one reason why there are no collaborators on the record (though Lupe Fiasco is on the remix for "This City").
"(It's) an ongoing thing," said Stump, who is on a nationwide tour. "A lot of people still ask me to play Fall Out Boy at these shows, and I'm like, `But the rest of the music is so different, I don't know (if) that would fit in.' And then I also think it would be really disrespectful to the band to go out and play their songs without them."
Fall Out Boy — which also includes Pete Wentz, Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley — has been on hiatus for two years. Stump insists the platinum-selling band hasn't broken up, but adds: "I'm not sure everyone is into it right now. I'm in, but I haven't heard from anybody."
Nekesa Mumbi Moody is the AP's music editor. Follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nekesamumbi