NEW YORK -- Hey, if it worked for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, maybe it can work for
Pictures of the two singers attending a birthday party for a Def Jam executive Wednesday night popped up online Thursday (January 29), and speculation began about whether the pair were a new item. He says no, but his body language at the Thompson Hotel shindig in Manhattan says otherwise.
Pitt and Jolie drew plenty of attention during promotion of their movie "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" after photos of them from a W magazine shoot hit the Web, and the film went on to earn plenty of money.
According to The-Dream, though, his union with Milian is all business, not personal. He said his production company will be partnering with the actress/singer.
"Yeah, it's a new Radio Killa thing that we have," he coyly told MTV News on Thursday afternoon. "Um, actually, what happened was, I think about a month ago, I think I sat with her. It was one of these things where [when] you try to grow an artist, you can either grow them from the ground or you can come in and say, 'This artist needs this, that's all.' And that part of me I have, which is what she didn't have."
The-Dream said he called Milian's label head, Jimmy Iovine, and the executive told him he can have his pick of artists on the roster to work with. The singer selected Milian in a process he says was like being "in a store, and, uh, I'll take that one."
He reiterated that the burgeoning pact is based in business, but he doesn't mind the rumors. The singer, who previewed his upcoming album Love vs. Money to the media Wednesday night, is putting the final touches on his project. The LP is due March 10, so he has some promoting to do.
"I love the attention," he said. "It's great, it's cool, it's real cute."
Milian most recently was in a relationship with music producer Dre of Cool & Dre. It's unclear when the two split or if they called it off. A rep for the Miami-based musician had no comment when contacted by MTV News.