Ne-Yo 'Doing Something A Little Different' On Next Album

'Just be expecting that were gonna bring back entertainment,' he says.

In 2008, [artist id="2002414"]Ne-Yo[/artist] declared it was the Year of the Gentleman and later spawned hits like "Closer" and "Miss Independent." In the time since the album's release, he's [article id="1626934"]worked with Rihanna[/article] in the studio to craft her album Rated R and tried his hand at a Hollywood career in the upcoming action flick "Battle: Los Angeles."

Now Ne-Yo is ready to hit the studio again to work on a new solo effort. "I am, yes," he confirmed to MTV News. "I wish I could [tell you more details] -- I can't, unfortunately. If I tell you, I'm gonna give it away and then it's not going to be the surprise that I want it to be. I can't show you your gift before Christmas."

And although he wasn't willing to name names, Ne-Yo did hint at some collaborations he was hoping to make happen. "Perhaps, maybe ... no! No," he said when asked if he could give is some specific details. "Just know I'm doing something a little different this time around. Just be expecting that were gonna bring back entertainment -- that's what were gonna do. Yes, I've decided to make it the lifetime of the gentleman."

Ne-Yo has also been keeping his fans in the loop on his recording process via his Twitter page, where he shared he'll be heading to Atlanta to record the album. "Back in the US! Busy week this week and Friday I start recording the new album!" he tweeted earlier this week. "Very blessed to write on and be a part of other great projects, but nothing like working on my own album."

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