He promised something "a little different" for his next effort. Now, Ne-Yo has somewhat delivered on the vow he made when he spoke to MTV News earlier this year.
The Grammy-winning singer's new single, "Beautiful Monster," from his forthcoming Libra Scale, arrived online on MySpace Music on Tuesday (May 25). Ne-Yo and producers Stargate have created another electro/Euro blend of R&B pleasure with the number.
"She's a monster, beautiful monster/ Beautiful monster, but I don't mind," Ne-Yo sings on the song's chorus. "And I need her, said I need her/ Beautiful monster, but I don't mind/ No, I don't mind."
"Just know I'm doing something a little different this time around," the singer explained back in March about his upcoming Libra. "Just be expecting that we're gonna bring back entertainment — that's what we're gonna do. Yes, I've decided to make it the lifetime of the gentleman."
Ne-Yo was referring to his last album, Year of the Gentleman, the Rat Pack-inspired collection that spawned the hits "Closer," "Single," "Mad" and "Miss Independent." The set debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and earned the Def Jam superstar a slew of Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year.
For his follow-up, Ne-Yo has been mostly hush, keeping his list of collaborators close to the vest. Since his last release, he's worked on projects by 50 Cent and Rihanna, and flirted with the idea of forming a supergroup with Fabolous and Ryan Leslie.
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