Ne-Yo returns to R and B for new album
- Bang Showbiz
- 21 February 2014
This article is from 2014.
Ne-Yo's next album will be "predominately R&B" as he moves away from dance music and returns to his roots
Ne-Yo's next album will be "predominately R&B".
The 'Let Me Love You' hitmaker has thanked the dance world for "accepting" him but claims he will be returning to his musical roots for his upcoming record.
He told Billboard: "As of right this second my main focus is my new album. It'll be out probably towards the summertime, 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. Had to take it back to my roots, and not to say that there won't be one, maybe two songs on there that the dance crowd can get into, but the majority, the girth of the album, will be R&B."
As he prepares for the R&B revival, the singer-songwriter dropped a new mixtape, '3 Simple Rules', on Valentine's Day (14.02.14), and he revealed he has waited to return to his old sound for the past few years.
He said: "But [I didn't], just from the standpoint of being a pioneer, leading people into whatever the next thing was gonna be. There wasn't a lot of R&B cats doing songs at 120 beats per minute before 'Closer,' which I take full credit and responsibility for.
"That's all good, but it was an experiment. You experiment with something, if it goes good, cool, but you never forget where you come from and R&B is where I come from."
And when he's not busy recording his own material, he's writing for the likes of Beyoncé, Rihanna and Celine Dion and is also grooming his own talent with Compound Entertainment, he said: "I have a few artists under me right now that I'm putting together. I pray that the stuff will be next year, but at the end of the day, until it's right, I can't put it out. It's gotta be right. I try not to be a perfectionist, I try not to be too hard on them but at the end of the day, it's gotta be right."