Ne-Yo Teams Up With Fall Out Boy
The king of collaborations certainly doesn't discriminate when it comes to hit making!
Not only has he demonstrated his songwriting prowess in fine form by penning lyrics for Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Mary J Blige, Whitney Housten as well as the chart topping, record breaking, Grammy nominated song "Irreplaceable" for Beyonce, Ne-Yo is also known for dabbling in collaborations.
And seeing he's the hottest property in music right now, everyone from controversy magnet Lindsay Lohan to Michael Jackson and Ciara are lining up for Ne-Yo's platinum selling touch. But while he has thus far limited his repertoire it to urban, pop, RnB and hip hop, news has recently come to light that Ne-Yo has his collaborative sights set on Fall Out Boy. According to starpulse.com, he initially had his eyes on a duet with Chris Martin, but then opted for the alt punk rockers.
Ne-Yo says, "I thought about it but Kanye and Jay-Z have done it already, so I don't wanna seem like I'm bandwaggoning. I have been talking to Fall Out Boy about doing some stuff, but who knows?"
One person Ne-Yo hasn't collaborated with thus far, but not for want of trying, is one Miss Britney Spears. Although according to a recent interview, he's has almost forgiven Brits for not using any of his songs on 'Blackout' and insists there is no animosity.
Ne-Yo penned six tracks for Britters to record for her hit 2007 album - but not one of the songs made it on to the final version of the LP.
He tells MSNBC.com, "I never met Britney Spears, I can't have animosity with someone I don't know. You have way bigger fish to fry, little mama, than me about a couple songs.
"I tried to call her, call her people. They didn't want to return a phone call, so I said all right, well, I guess I will take these songs that were written for Britney and give them to other people. Time is money."
According to an interview with The Guardian, Ne-Yo was repeatedly blown off by the troubled pop star, prompted him to turn over the tracks to Nicole Scherzinger of the Pussycat Dolls.
"I was writing for Britney Spears," he tells. "We set up multiple sessions where she was supposed to actually come in and give her input on the songs, but she never showed up. OK, she's goin' through some things - whatever, fine. This was before the whole shaving of the head thing, but after that happened, her people stopped returnin' phone calls. I had done six to eight songs specifically for Britney. But this is a business at the end of the day - and while I'm waitin' for them to call back, I meet Nicole Scherzinger. She tells me she's puttin' together a solo project, so I gave Nicole, I think, two of those songs.
"And when news of that came out, then Britney's people call me! 'Hey! What's goin' on? Why're you givin' away Britney's music?'," Ne-Yo explained. "I'm like, 'Wait, waitwaitwaitwaitwait! Until y'all cut me a check, I'm givin' away my music. It may've been written with Britney in mind, but it's not hers.' I heard that she was upset with me, and, you know, I don't care. My door swings both ways. Whitney and Michael - those are artists you wait on. But Britney? Nah, not yet. You got a little workin' to do before you get to where I sit on a song for you. Sorry."
But for those gagging for a chart topping Ne-Yo track done justice by Miss Spears, the wait may not be too far away. Speaking recently to MTV.com, Ne-Yo admitted he has penned a number of tracks for Brit's upcoming album 'Comeback', but has refused to write any songs chronicling the singer's recent personal 'issues', and that includes the divorce with love-rat Kevin.
"My whole thing is to stay away from the drama they been through. Because you got to know that every song that's being submitted has something to do with Kevin. Everybody is on that,"
"And I think maybe one or two songs addressing that is needed, 'cause people definitely want to hear (her) take on it. But not a whole album of that. Nobody wants to continue to hear: 'I been through the rain and I'm still strong and I'm still here.' "So my contribution is just regular songs. Regular, quality songs, that's what I'm trying to do."