Ne-Yo will be hitting Connecticut this Thursday December 6th at our very own Jingle Jam 12, and the singer called in to talk with Jenny Boom Boom about the show, his new album and the rest of his exciting plans for the last days of 2012.
Jingle Jam 12 will feature an incredible lineup, with Rick Ross, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Rita Ora and Miguel, but many fans are most excited for Ne-Yo’s return to CT– he always puts on an amazing show, packed with energy, and he does it for his fans. “I gotta get out there and make sure people get their money’s worth,” he said.
Ne-Yo’s latest album, RED is one of Jenny’s favorites this year, and the artist feels especially proud of the new release. “I took it back to the basics and made it about the music. I tried to make sure that my whole fan base had something to latch onto– my R&B people, my dance and pop people,” he explained. “This is an album where there’s literally something on there for everybody.”
One of the things that makes RED so important to Ne-Yo is the album’s very personal themes. This is one of the reasons he wrote most of the songs on the album himself. “It’s personal. I don’t have a problem working with other writers, but I always felt nobody was gonna give me ME, better than me,” he explained. “I always write from a real personal place.”
One exception on RED is the lead single “Let Me Love You,” which Ne-Yo co-wrote with Sia, a rising star in Ne-Yo’s eyes. The young writer has recently worked with David Guetta, Flo Rida, and even Rihanna. “She wrote Rihanna’s ‘Diamonds.’ She’s getting a lot of love right now, and it’s deserved,” Ne-Yo said of Sia. “She’s incredible.”
That’s a strong vote of confidence from someone whose history of collaborations and excellent songwriting is as well-versed as Ne-Yo. But he’s keeping the focus on his own music for the time being, touring to support RED, along with many upcoming specials including the GRAMMY nominations show in Nashville, and his first, ever guest stint on SNL this weekend. That busy schedule doesn’t have room for much downtime, but Ne-Yo is okay with that. “Busy is a blessing, I look at it like that,” he joked.
The R&B superstar has shown up recently on Empire Girls, but he’s in no rush to get his own reality series. “I don’t think anything like that is gonna happen anytime soon,” he admitted. The only reason he showed up on Empire Girls was to support Adrienne Bailon, one of his Compound artists. He went on to say that he version of a reality show would be very different than what we see all too often right now. “I don’t know if reality TV is for me,” said Ne-Yo. “If I was gonna do something on reality TV it would have to be something classy… they don’t want classy. They want the racket.”
While TV is a ways off, Ne-Yo will certainly bring his own brand of high-energy racket to Jingle Jam 12 this Thursday. For more details on the show– including your chance to purchase tickets– Click Here!