Rap-Up TV: Ne-Yo Blurs the Lines on ‘R.E.D.,’ Reunites with Rihanna

Ne-Yo is seeing R.E.D. this November. After becoming the first Motown artist to top the U.K. charts in 20 years with his single “Let Me Love You,” the Grammy-winning singer-songwriter is gearing up for the release of his fifth album, which drops on Election Day. Rap-Up TV caught up with the R&B gentleman in Beverly Hills to discuss his latest creation.

The album title is an acronym for Realizing Every Dream. “I called the album that because pretty much from age nine to now, every dream and every goal that I set for myself in regard to music has been realized through music,” he explained. “This album is a celebration of my first love, which is music.”

He’s confident that the material will please both his R&B and pop fans. “My album is a declaration of the blurring of the lines,” said the 32-year-old. “This is the most balanced album that I’ve ever done. My diehard R&B fans as well as my diehard pop fans, everybody’s gonna be able to get into this album because it is an equal balance of both genres.”

Collaborators include Stargate, No I.D., Sia (“Let Me Love You”), Da Internz, The Underdogs, and Diddy and Fabolous on the Salaam Remi-produced “Should Be You,” which may serve as the next single. “It’s basically a song talking about being with one person when you know that you should be and want to be with another person.”

In addition to his project, he has been cooking up more hits for Rihanna. “I did go in the studio with her,” confirmed Ne-Yo, who shared his love for RiRi’s new short ‘do. “I know I got one or two on the album that she’s definitely keeping.”

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17 Comments

  1. Pereezy YMCMB-MMG

    I used to be a fan! but I’m like f**k Ne-yo I’m not buyin’ this pop-s**t

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  2. ck young

    He talks of bringing good music back.And yet his music has been “good” for a hot minute. Why try to claim that u doin these other genres like its art. you done the pop crap for the money just be real

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    Pereezy YMCMB-MMG Reply:

    @ck young, Yeah Man, you’re right!! A fraudNi**a tha’s that s**t I don’t like.

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  3. coolio

    what’s with those glasses n*gga? you goin’ to science class or wat? f*ck dis wack ass n*gga

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    white hos love BBC Reply:

    @coolio, lol

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  4. miles

    People act like Ne-yo fell off. His music ain’t like his first 2 albums but he didn’t go pop. He only has like 1 pop song out of like 14 r&b songs on one album. Yall act like he went Nicki Minaj on us

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  5. 2bad2bme

    stop flip-floppin nigga u just said that this album will be straight R&B..u said was givin’ thug or something for this album lol…i quit with u, and Ciara,yall just dont understand that we want new different R&B!

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  6. 2bad2bme

    i’m so over him and Ciara…all they do is talk about how great their music is about to be, then when it release and flops they always say “NO THIS NEXT ALBUM IS IT”…then when that flops its the same thing all over…too much talk and no show

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    miles Reply:

    @2bad2bme, Ne-yo had 3 multiplatinum albums and 1 near Gold album. How is this a constant routine for him?

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    2bad2bme Reply:

    @miles, little girl im not talking about sales, thats all u young queens think about now-a-days…im talkin about quality music…his first 3 albums were really good so i wasnt mentioning them…im talking about his last album and this one

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    miles Reply:

    @2bad2bme, 1… I’m a 18 year old man. and His last album wasn’t bad, just not as good as his other 3. and you can’t judge an album that has yet to be released

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  7. EliteNavii

    Y’all better stop hating on Neyo! Let me love you is Top 40 on several formats and still rising, his behind the music airs next week too! He’s the only good male singer we’ve got left next to Usher and Chris! Ok he had one flop with Libra Scale…. But watch R.E.D is gonna silence the lessers, music will be fire! Sales aside, it will def be one of if not the best male album this year

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  8. Daniel

    Y’all must be living under a rock.. cus he gave us LAZY LOVE. Straight up R&B joint right there.

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  9. lovely

    I LOVE Ne-Yo

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  10. taz

    lazy love is exactly the stuff we want from ne-yo so lets just focus on trying to make that song a bigger hit than it already is

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  11. Thor

    U guys r nt loyal fans! If u lyk an artist u stick 2 em n help em grow through thick or trashy albums lol

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  12. k down to the C up town breezy boyieee

    Don’t Ne-yo & the game have the same Tittle of song ALbum. Guess Ne-yo will bring something Different then he has done in the past years in Music Business

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