vibe-ne-yo-getty

Interview: Ne-Yo Talks Remixing 'Suit & Tie,' Working On New Material With Beyoncé and Jay-Z

When chart-topping singer/songwriter Ne-Yo isn’t headlining around the globe, the daddy of two always makes time to re-visit his second home, the studio. Remaining true to his R&B roots, the "Let Me Love You" singer has been keeping busy, collaborating with music's beloved while mentoring a new crop of talented hopefuls.

His latest endeavor includes a remastered version of Ciara’s “Body Party,” where he brings an even more sensual atmosphere to the soirée.

“Ciara is a friend and I know a few of the people that work at her label. I made sure that I got the blessing from her first before I did it,” he tells VIBE. “They sent me the instrumental and I did what I did. It’s a song that I really like from her so I just decided to throw the gentleman’s touch on it.”

When it comes to double takes, the dapper crooner is more prone to crafting originals but when asked if he considered touching Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" given his affinity for black tie ensembles, Ne-Yo said hopping on the feel-good track crossed his mind.

“I didn’t want people to feel like I was taking a jab at him or nothing like that, but when the song came out, a lot of people came at me like, ‘Suit and Tie? Okay Justin is trying to jump in your lane,'" he said. "I’m not the first person to wear a suit and tie. C’mon y’all, it doesn’t have to be that.” He mentions that it would have been a different story if the pair did the song together. "I wouldn’t take it upon myself to take the liberty," he adds. "I wouldn’t do that.”

Still, the seasoned hit-maker continues to juggle fedoras with his A&R position at Universal Motown Records and spearheading his Compound University label. He says that his first signee Soona Rele, a singer/songwriter from the United Kingdom, is a fusion of Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys and Weeknd. “I’ve been really focusing on making sure her stuff is all the way right as well,” he said about his discovery.

Despite his tight schedule, Ne-Yo has also managed to squeeze in some time with hip-hop's first couple, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, separately. While he's tight-lipped about the "Grown Woman" singer's upcoming project, he says she is preparing something that “she’s not going to put it out until it’s all the way right.”

He also hinted at a possible record with Bey's other half, who is piecing together his forthcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail, due July 4.

"I did a session for Jay-Z. He’s back in the studio putting some stuff together," he said. "I don’t know if I’m going to make the cut but I put some hooks together. We’ll see what happens."

Photo Credit: Getty

From the Web

More on Vibe

Team Epiphany

Don C. Completes Remy Martin Capsule With Duffel Bag At NBA All-Star Weekend

After releasing the first several pieces starting in October, Don C and Remy Martin concluded their "Just Remy" capsule collection at NBA All-Star Weekend.

The release party in Charlotte, North Carolina had guests such as Roc Nation's Lenny S., DJ Yasmina, Vintage Frames Founder/CEO Corey Shapiro, and others enjoying Remy Martin cocktails while taking a look at the entire collection.

“Just Rémy” is a capsule collection designed by Don C. that is slated to showcase both himself, basketball culture and the liquor brand's "unparalleled prowess and superior craftsmanship in the world of lifestyle," according to a press release.

The final piece of the collection is a black lambskin leather duffel bag with gold hardware, red python piping, and a gold embroidered “Just Rémy” logo. The final piece mirrors the previous pieces of the collection: a snakeskin designed-embroidered 1738 sneaker box with a bottle of Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal and Just Don shoelaces inside, followed by a snapback hat released in Los Angeles, a jersey release at Art Basel in Miami, and a Dopp Kit release in New York City at the end of January.

The “Just Rémy” Duffel is available for purchase for $750 in limited supply on JustDon.com, along with the other pieces in the collection, including the Dopp Kit and Cap ($350) and jersey ($750).

 

Continue Reading

Sanaa Lathan Stars In Chilling Trailer For Jordan Peele’s ‘Twilight Zone’ Reboot

Sanaa Lathan stars in the chilling new trailer for Jordan Peele’s reboot of The Twilight Zone. Set behind a blood-curling instrumental, the mysterious teaser appears to center around the concept of time and numeric synchronicities.

The creepy clip also features Adam Scott, John Cho, Kumail Nanjiani, Tracy Morgan and Peele, who will host and produce the latest revival of the classic horror series through his Monkeypaw Productions imprint.

The Twilight Zone, created by Rod Sterling, debuted in 1959 and aired for five seasons. The show was rebooted in 1985, and again in 2002.

“I was terrified,” Peele told Variety last year of taking on the remake. “Why would I ever jump into the most established, pristine shoes in all of the genre? I could rip Twilight Zone off and call it something different and not be compared to Rod Serling. So I stepped away from it. And then several months later I got another call.”

It's a good thing that Peele faced his fears, because The Twilight Zone and his forthcoming horror flick, US, prove that he knows how to scare up anticipation.

The Twilight Zone debuts April 1 on CBS All Access. Check the video above for the trailer.

Continue Reading
Getty Images

Amy Winehouse Hologram Tour Postponed Over “Unique Challenges”

Amy Winehouse's hologram tour is officially postponed, BASE Hologram, the company behind the digital production, announced via Twitter Tuesday (Feb. 19).

“In developing the type of highly ambitious, state of the art hologram/augmented reality theatrical event that would truly capture her genius and incredible artistic and social contributions, we encountered some unique challenges and sensitivities,” the company revealed.

The tour, originally scheduled to launch sometime this year, is delayed until BASE can “determine the best path to a creatively spectacular production that would properly honor Amy’s legacy.”

Mitch Winehouse, the “Back to Black” singer's father, announced the tour last fall, which was expected to feature a live band backing a digital projection of Winehouse.

Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in 2011, following a very public battle with addiction that ultimately cut her life short. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, an organization that works to prevent “the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people.”

Read BASE Hologram’s full statement on the tour delay below.

pic.twitter.com/9RtqQVeDzU

— BASE Hologram (@BASEHologram) February 20, 2019

Continue Reading

Top Stories