Rap-Up TV: Taio Cruz Talks ‘TY.O’ Album, Writing for Usher, & Calls from J.Lo

Taio Cruz set the international charts on fire with his dance floor-ready hits “Break Your Heart” and “Dynamite.” Now he’s returned to claim his top spot with his third album TY.O, due early next year. During a recent visit to Los Angeles, the Englishman shared how the “mass mispronunciation” of his name inspired the title of his latest album, the daunting experience of working with Jennifer Lopez, and why he’s jealous of Lady Gaga.

The 28-year-old singer has enlisted today’s top hitmakers for TY.O including Pitbull (“There She Goes”), Ludacris and David Guetta (“Little Bad Girl”), and Flo Rida on the Dr. Luke-produced lead single “Hangover.” “I’d say this album is very much electro-dance music-inspired,” he told Rap-Up TV. “It’s very much a continuation of the Rokstarr album.”

Taio, who co-wrote David Guetta and Usher’s smash “Without You,” is back in the lab writing for Usher’s next album. “There’s definitely some dance records on there, but it’s more diverse,” he revealed. “We have midtempos and ballads going on too.”

The minimalist, who is set to launch his own line of watches, explained the inspiration behind his classic style. “I don’t know when it happened, but I just became a massive fan of monochrome. Chanel is one of my favorite brands and I guess Karl Lagerfeld is one of my favorite designers. I guess I’m the Karl Lagerfeld of pop music ’cause I really only ever wear black all the time.”

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  1. Thisisreallynotcool

    Usher neva writes his own songs, hes got no talent


    Ronnie Ron Reply:

    @Thisisreallynotcool, u do know alot of da so called greats don’t write all their songs rite?


  2. TheTruth

    All these fools are making the same thing…. dance/rnb albums. Can someone be original. What did we do before Will.i.am Akon and Kelly Rowland started making dance music??!?? It’s like they made it cool, avante garde for the urban community. Don’t even get me started on Flo Rida. He is the ultimate bandwagon dude.


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  4. nicegirl

    Disappointed that Usher is going for electro-dance type music for this album again. I want Usher to do urban dance music like ‘Yeah!’ or ‘Caught Up’ as well as ballads and mid-tempo R&B songs on this album, like the Confessions album.


    Shut up Reply:

    @nicegirl, we both know that u didn’t purchase any Usher album since 2004 so he could care less about your opinion


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