MIAMI — Christina Milian finally has a mentor in the music business — two of them, in fact.
"Jay-Z and L.A. Reid are really backing me up right now," an elated Milian said recently while in Miami for the MTV Video Music Awards (see "Storm Can't Keep R. Kelly, Game, Christina Milian Away From VMAs"). "I'm excited. It's a different situation."
By that, Milian means she's finally getting the opportunity to work with some of the top producers in the game, including Rich Harrison (Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love") and Cool and Dre (Terror Squad's "Lean Back").
"We come from an R&B background, and we bringing something new to the table, a style we think is hot," Cool said of their collaboration with Milian.
Milian is midway through the as-yet-untitled album and is planning to drop the first single in March, the same time she's due back in theaters.
"I just shot a movie with Kristen Bell and Ian Somerhalder called 'Pulse,' " she said. "It's a scary movie. Wes Craven wrote it."
In "Pulse," Milian (coming off of "Be Cool" and "Man of the House"), Bell ("Veronica Mars") and Somerhalder ("Lost") play friends who, while coping with the suicide of one of their peers, start to receive e-mails saying that the end of the world is near. Those who read the e-mails fall into a deep depression, while the one girl who avoids it must stop her friends from killing themselves.
Craven, the horror master behind the "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream" franchises, based "Pulse" on the Japanese thriller "Kairo" and enlisted several co-writers, including Stephen Susco ("The Grudge").
For more on Milian, check out "Christina Milian: Monster's Ball."