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).