Ne-Yo spoke with the UK’s Digital Spy about Beyonce‘s forthcoming album and said he’s pretty excited about landing on that alleged Mrs. Carter tracklist. Even though we have it on good authority that it’s bogus, the singer/songwriter isn’t ruling anything out. “I saw that Beyonce’s tracklisting just leaked and I’ve got a couple of joints on there, which is good news. I’m very happy about that,” he said. “I don’t know [if it's real], I mean you never really can tell until the album comes out.”
He may not know if the leak is legit, but he knows what the album sounds like. “I’ve heard some songs from the album so I knew what direction I should be going in. The last thing you want to do is write a song that makes no sense with the direction of the album, so she let me hear some stuff so I knew where to aim.” But when pushed on details about that sound, Ne-Yo said he was sworn to secrecy.
The leaked tracklist also included guest spots from Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Azealia Banks, and in fact makes it out to be Bey’s most cameo-heavy album to date. The accompanying “notes” make everything even more suspect; for instance, one of the scribbles is “Main Producer,” which we can’t imagine anyone in the industry actually writing onto a document, much less a document that so conveniently lays out all the specifics of this much-anticipated album. Other “notes” include the release date for the lead single (“Ratchet,” March 12) and the album itself (April 11).