Beyoncé knew that Ne-Yo was irreplaceable when it came to laying down tracks for her 2013 album release. So, that means that right now, the two stars are plotting out songs set to appear on her follow-up to 2011's 4.

But, a lot has changed since Queen B released that set of tunes. Most notably, she welcomed into the world her first child, daughter Blue Ivy. And while Ne-Yo and Beyoncé used to cook up sassy, kiss-off anthems back in the day, Ne-Yo doesn't expect the way they work together now to change much just because she's added mom to her resumé.

"To be honest with you, no. No, it's pretty much, she's had the exact same drive that she's always had," he told MTV News about hitting the studio with Beyoncé. "She's not a person that slacks off in the studio. I mean it's not like slave labor or nothing like that; she's not cracking the whip. But it's definitely 'Let's get the job done; let's get the best song possible produced or written out of this experience.' And it's the exact same thing now."

Is Beyoncé plotting the next 'Irreplaceable' with Ne-Yo?

Considering that Beyoncé and hubby Jay-Z have been pictured in the studio together during sessions for this release, Ne-Yo's next statement should come as no surprise to the BeyHive. You see, Hova seems to be quite hands-on when it comes to this release.

"Can't say. I can't say what kind of vibe. I can't. I can't give it away," he said. "I've been sworn to secrecy. Man, you're trying to get me into trouble. Come on! Jay-Z is not a person you want mad at you! I got to be quiet!"

Ne-Yo's big plans for 2013!

Fans won't have to wait much longer to hear something from Beyoncé. New music is expected to drop in the coming weeks, timed to her February 3 Super Bowl halftime show performance. Additionally, she will be the subject of an HBO documentary airing on February 16.

Do you expect the same Beyonceé on the 2013 record or do you want to see another transformation? Tell us in the comments!