INTERVIEW: Ne-Yo Talks New DJ Residency, Album

Ralphie Aversa  —  02/09/2014 — Leave a comment

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.”

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