Despite a brief release setback, Ne-Yo is now ready to ring in 2015 with a new album! Titled Non-Fiction, this marks the R&B crooner’s sixth project of his career. It may also be his most heartfelt: “I’m a storyteller: with this album, I wanted to put a magnifying glass on that. I wanted Non-Fiction to feel cinematic: each track gives listeners something entertaining, yet if they take their time with it, they’ll discover different dimensions and subplots.”
The 14-track album is threaded with features — including his duet with Pitbull on “Time Of Our Lives,” “Money Can’t Buy” with Jeezy and the Juicy J-assisted “She Knows.” Aside from the collaboration with Mr. 305, Ne-Yo is heading back to his R&B roots on Non-Fiction.
In an interview with Billboard, the singer said it will be “predominately R&B this time. I had a little stint with the dance music and all of that, which I had a good time with– and I love the audience, I love them for accepting me doing it – but I had to go home on this one.” More »
Ne-Yo has gained attention this past year for working with Celine Dion and acting as an unofficial spokesman for Rihanna‘s eighth album. Just last week, he appeared alongside Pitbull on Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform the latter’s latest dance anthem, “Time of Our Lives.”
However, his efforts to promote his upcoming sixth album, Non-Fiction, have been overlooked. Lead singles “Money Can’t Buy” featuring Jeezy, and the Juicy J-assisted “She Knows” have stalled on the charts. As of late, for whatever reason, the straightforward R&B that Ne-Yo has in mind has become a tougher sell. More »
Pitbull is on a roll. The MC successfully hosted the American Music Awards on Sunday night (November 23) and immediately launched a promo blitz for new LP Globalization. Mr. Worldwide even had Lorde gushing. “I met pitbull backstage, felt this wave of his charisma and loveliness wash over me, probably not dissimilar to meeting the president,” she raved on Twitter. What’s next for the rap mogul? A killer performance of Dr. Luke-produced single “Time Of Our Lives” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
There are much better songs on Globalization — check out Chris Brown-assisted earworm “Fun” or brilliant Bebe Rexha collaboration “This Is Not A Drill” — but “Time Of Our Lives” is slowly winning me over a little more with each live performance. Guest vocalist Ne-Yo did a typically incredible job with the song, while Pitbull was his usual ball of energy, bouncing around the stage like a mad man. See the suave fellas do their thing up top. More »
Pitbull reunites with Ne-Yo once again for their collaboration on Mr. Worldwide’s track, “Time Of Our Lives.” The uptempo tune is ready for dancefloors everywhere, thanks to the celebratory lyrics and its suave EDM (who knew synths could sound so refined?).
“Time Of Our Lives” follows up the artists’ previous collaboration on 2011′s “Give Me Everything.” Look out for Pitbull’s eighth studio LP, Globalization, on November 24 — which will feature guests like Chris Brown, Jennifer Lopez, Sean Paul and Jason Derulo. Take a listen to their new duet after the jump! More »
Did You Hear?
:: Fox has announced that Randy Jackson will be leaving American Idol after 13 seasons! He spent his time as a judge for the first 12 years, and mentored for the last season. He’ll definitely be missed on the show, dawg. [Vulture]
:: Our friends over at Vibe recently interviewed Alexandre Moors, the director of Kendrick Lamar‘s latest ’70s-inspired video for “i.” He explained to the magazine the concept of the visual: “[It] is Kendrick waking up the people. He’s doing it for himself and others. That’s why the people are following him. I was trying to find the right tune. I didn’t want it to be a happy-go-lucky video.” Click here to read what else Moors had to say about the directing process!
:: Seizures are a serious matter, but who knew they could be caused by listening to music — specifically from Ne-Yo? UK native Zoe Fennessy claims that she can’t hear the singer’s tunes or else she’ll start having seizures. She even had part of her frontal lobe removed to fix the problem. Yikes! [MTV]
:: Jay Z‘s Made In America festival in Los Angeles will reportedly cost the city’s taxpayers a ton of money — a total of $170,000 to be exact. Live Nation has already paid $500,000 to put on the event back in September, but it wasn’t enough. Now, the L.A. natives are stuck with picking up the extra tab. [Hypetrak]
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The release date of Rihanna‘s forthcoming eight studio LP is completely unknown and with the currently blasé state of pop, any information we can get about the Barbadian songstress’ project is welcome! Well, Ne-Yo has now gifted us with some knowledge. The singer/songwriter and frequent collaborator with Rihanna (“Hate That I Love You,” “Right Now,” “Russian Roulette,” “Take A Bow”) stopped by Capital XTRA over the weekend during his London stop, and reflected on the bad gal’s album.
He told the radio station, “The stuff I’ve heard is absolutely incredible. I can’t speak on what it sounds like because I’ll get in trouble. But I definitely feel like people are gonna enjoy it. Anybody that’s a Rihanna fan is gonna stay a Rihanna fan, and anybody that’s not might become a Rihanna fan … just gear up for it.” More »
peruses convenience store aisles and stops by a kid’s birthday party in his new “Money Can’t Buy
” video, released August 1.
He hangs out outside the historic Capitol Records building in Los Angeles, then runs off to a secluded beach when it’s pitch black outside. The whole point of his new video, though, is to see that he’s not alone. For one, featured emcee Jeezy pops up. More importantly though, whether cruising through the West Coast in a Rolls Royce or doing a whole lot of nothing, Ne-Yo’s eying his companion (model Crystal Williams) – and she doesn’t seem to mind. More »
took us behind the scenes
of their “Incredible”
video way back in January and then seemingly washed their hands of the project until today (June 4). I’m still not sure what cause the six month delay but time hasn’t wearied the greatness of the ballad, and the visual is also perfectly enjoyable — in a corny kind of way.
The duo spend most of the video perched on the roof of a building in downtown Los Angeles. This gives the Canadian diva ample opportunity to power grab for her life and make iconic faces, while her duet partner looks on sheepishly. That scene is intercut with footage of real-life heroes and a giraffe taking a leisurely stroll. “Incredible” is the highlight of Celine’s underrated Loved Me Back To Life LP and deserves more attention from pop fans. Watch the pair in action after the jump. More »
has spent the past few years writing dutifully
for divas like Celine Dion
. Around this time last year, he was even speaking on behalf
regarding her self-titled album. But he returns to the spotlight today (May 27) on his own, with a song recalling his earliest days as a prolific R&B singer.
“Money Can’t Buy” isn’t the Euro-flavored dance-pop that boosted Ne-Yo’s chart success and dominated R&B (along with singers like Jay Sean, Jason Derulo and Chris Brown) for about one year too long. Instead, the song — which features Young Jeezy — is the sort of sophisticated, feel-good midtempo R&B that Ne-Yo was boasting nearly a decade prior with his 2006 debut, In My Own Words.
This is all fine and good – after all, the Michael Jackson-Justin Timberlake collab “Love Never Felt So Good” is precisely that strain of R&B. (The song’s sentiments are sweet, too — it’s hard to deny that.) With earlier songs in mind, “Money Can’t Buy” has its moments — that melody in the bridge, a lyric here or there — but isn’t as memorable as a Ne-Yo song can be.
Judge for yourself by listening to “Money Can’t Buy” and weighing in within the comments below. More »
has called on the services of Ne-Yo
for her 38th studio album Feels So Good
(due July 1). Together they remake the diva’s 1964 classic “A House Is Not A Home”, transforming the Burt Bacharach
-penned ballad into a soulful R&B slow jam. It takes a couple of listens to get your head around but their daring overhaul eventually clicks.
Fingers crossed you like the update because 13 more classic Dionne hits have received the same treatment (albeit with other artists) on the album. Ne-Yo certainly knows his way around a high-profile duet and he shows “A House Is Not A Home” the respect it deserves with a classy arrangement. Listen to the unlikely but ultimately rewarding collaboration after the jump. More »