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Jesse McCartney is returning to the formula that made his last album, Departure, so successful. In an interview on “The Ralphie Radio Show” – McCartney noted that he hoped to bridge the gap between the 2008 R&B influenced LP and his next project. The singer revealed that tentative plans are to release his fourth album, which is still untitled, in early 2011.

“It’s just where my heart is man. I love rhythmic music, I grew up listening to R&B and soul music and I feel like as an artist, that’s what I’m best at,” McCartney said. “At the age of 23 now, I really feel like I’m coming in to my own now in that world.”

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As he steps out in a more urban direction, he’s begun to work with not only talented songwriters and producers of the genre, but artists as well. Ludacris and T-Pain made cameos on the last project, and McCartney revealed one feature already solidified for the new album.

“I was in the studio a couple months ago and I was working with Sean Garrett, and he just signed with Young Money as an artist and as a writer,” said McCartney, who brought up the idea of working with Tyga after hearing a mix-tape the emcee did with Chris Brown. “(Garrett) called (Tyga) right there on the spot and put him on speakerphone and goes, ‘Hey man, what do you think of Jesse McCartney?’ (Tyga’s) like, ‘Yeah man, I like his music, I mess with his stuff.’ The next week he came to the studio and put 16 bars on this one record called, ‘I Don’t Normally Do This.’”

The other confirmed track for the forthcoming album is the first single, “Shake”, which is available on iTunes now.

During a check-in to “The Ralphie Radio Show” – Omarion revealed that he was originally on the hook of Young Money’s “Bedrock” – until he chose to leave YM.

“I actually wrote a hook, that’s true,” said Omarion, whose third solo LP, Ollusion, is in stores now. “I would’ve enjoyed to be on a record that is, you know, as successful as that record right now, but it wasn’t meant to be.”

Omarion does not have any regrets regarding his time with Young Money, and says there is no bad blood between him and the crew.

“When things are meant to be, they happen,” he said. “They don’t stutter-step, they don’t almost happen, they happen.”

Part 1: Mentors, Ollusion and illusions about his life

Part 2: Pharrell, “Speedin'”, Young Money

Much has happened for the R&B crooner since the beginning of 2010. Ollusion dropped a few weeks ago, and now MTV tapped Omarion to replace Shane Sparks as a judge on “America’s Best Dance Crew”.

“I would call myself, something like, a ‘Simon’,” said the singer, comparing his style to of course that of “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell. “It’s gonna go down.”

Speaking of Idols though – Omarion talked about artists that he looks up to. With Ollusion a play-on-words from the illusion that some people have with his life, O credits his family, friends, and past experiences in being able to keep his own personal life on the “DL”.

“I really look up to Pharrell (Williams),” said Omarion – citing the artist/producer as not just a “genius”, but a friend. “He gives me really, really super advice.”