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“Versatile” would be one way to describe Ne-Yo’s musical capabilities given how many different radio formats have played his songs over the years and the number of genres he has actively participated in. Electronic Dance Music is one of those genres, whether it is working with Afrojack or Calvin Harris for the GRAMMY-nominated “Let’s Go,” and the singer/songwriter doesn’t think that its popularity is going to decline anytime soon.

“It’s a genre that’s based off of crowd participation,” Ne-Yo replied when I asked him if he was surprised at dance music’s sustained prominence, especially in the pop world. “If you’ve ever been to an EDM show, it’s not even so much about the DJ. Most EDM DJs wear a black t-shirt and black jeans…you’re going for the music and the way that the music makes you feel.

“We’re in a time where things that make you feel something are few and far between, and that music has always been based on getting that energy. I don’t feel like energy will ever go out of style, so I don’t feel like EDM will ever go out of style.”

While not of the electronic variety, there is a bunch of energy on Ne-Yo’s new single, “Another Love Song.”

“I wanted to do something kind of up-tempo, summertime, fun,” the artist, nee Shaffer Smith, explained. “Still have an R&B edge but could also you know, play with the pop folks if you felt like it and I feel like ‘Another Love Song’ is just that.”

Ne-Yo wrote the song himself and tasked Dr. Luke to produce it. It’s the first single from his forthcoming seventh studio album. Given his longevity and track record, perhaps he knows a thing or two when he speaks about staying in style.

So what will the Song Of The Summer be in 2016? Funny you ask, I chatted about that Thursday on the PIX 11​ Morning News!

For the latest Weekend Scoop, we returned to our friends at Life and Style Weekly. Reporter Melissa Roberto talked about stories that the magazine was covering on Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna.

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Perhaps one of Ed Sheeran’s most endearing qualities is his honesty. Sound familiar? Probably because you’ve read that before. That was almost two years ago, but it doesn’t matter. Perhaps another endearing quality of the “Thinking Out Loud” singer is the massive amount of global success he has achieved does not seem to have changed him for the worse.

Speaking with a radio station in New Zealand, Sheeran was surprisingly asked if he “approved” of Calvin Harris dating Taylor Swift. Not-so-surprisingly, Sheeran fielded the question with his usual honesty and candor.

Later in the interview, the radio DJs brought up One Direction’s song “Little Things.” Sheeran noted that he did not write it for the fellas, before breaking the TMI threshold as only Ed can.

We’d say, “Never change, Ed,” but that obviously does not need to be stated.

Ne-Yo is back in the lab, working on his sixth studio album. The LP will be the follow up to 2012’s R.E.D., and according to the singer is slated to be released mid-year.

“I had to take it home this album,” the singer, nee Shaffer Smith, said to “The Ralphie Show” of the project. “I had to get back to my R&B roots on this one. That’s not to say that I have completely abandoned dance music. I have a love and a passion for it but I gotta go home for a second.”

The singer/songwriter describes the album as “predominately R&B,” but not completely. Ne-Yo told us there will “more than likely” be at least one dance track on the LP.

“I don’t know,” he responded when asked who he might collaborate with for that track. “I got a few favors I can call in, so I’m going to just get on the phone and see who answers.”

Last year’s top grossing DJ might be on the other end of the line. Calvin Harris broke on to pop radio with the help of Rihanna’s “We Found Love” and the Ne-Yo assisted “Let’s Go.” The two certainly have the talent to create another hit record. But while Harris moved in to Ne-Yo’s world of producing, the “Let Me Love You” singer segued in to Harris’ world of nightclubs. Ne-Yo just commenced a DJ residency in Las Vegas at Surrender and Encore, two of Sin City’s hottest spots.

“It’s going good,” the artist said of the gig. “An excuse to party in Vegas is a good enough excuse for me.”

Florence Welch’s collaboration with DJ Calvin Harris for the track “Sweet Nothing” is certainly a departure from her work with Florence + The Machine. Still it seems Welch is enjoying her foray in to the Electronic Dance Music world.

“I’ve always loved the remixes of things,” she told me. “It’s almost like (the remix) frees you from (the song).”

Welch contrasted it with her own songs, which are so personal to her that it’s sometimes hard to share them with say, radio stations.

“It’s like someone seeing you naked or something,” Welch said of exposing her lyrics to the masses. “It’s exposing. With a remix, you can enjoy from almost an outside perspective. I loved hearing what (Harris) did with my vocal.”

In addition to the original song, Harris did remix Florence + The Machine’s “Spectrum (Say My Name).” Welch admitted that she’s “in to the euphoria of dance music,” and with “Sweet Nothing” now climbing up the radio airplay charts, perhaps this is the start of her becoming more comfortable with revealing her emotions in music to an even larger audience.

This track is featured on Goulding’s re-release of Halcyon and Harris’ forthcoming 18 Months.

Don’t get me wrong, the original is dope too. But I’m a big fan of the Calvin Harris remix – the Scottish DJ/producer is on fire right now.

The “Fill Me In” (yeah, remember that song?) singer takes us for a night out of partying with the original Calvin Harris track, “Bounce.”

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