Soldiers of L.O.V.E. – Part VI
Friday, August 26 2011
|Ne-Yo has been added to the lineup for the upcoming Michael Jackson tribute concert.
The singer will join an ever-increasing bill of artists for the show, which will take place at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on October 8.
Ne-Yo will perform alongside previously-confirmed acts including Christina Aguilera, Leona Lewis, Cee Lo Green, Alexandra Burke and JLS.
“Michael Jackson, who asked Ne-Yo to write songs for his comeback album. “Yeah, Michael’s putting together a new album, and I’m helping him out with it,” he confirmed. According to Ne-Yo, Jackson himself called to get him onboard.But in the end, Jackson managed to talk Ne-Yo into the project.
“He said he had a very high appreciation for my appreciation for melody. His music is all about the melody, and that’s the only sort of real direction he gave me: ‘Just make sure the song is as melodic as possible. I want to get back to that.'” Jackson apparently also gave some instructions on subject matter for lyrics, but, Ne-Yo said, “it was very much keep it to yourself.”
At this point, Ne-Yo has written a number of tracks, which he submits to Jackson as MP3s via e-mail; then, Ne-Yo said, “he’ll call me back and say, ‘I really like song No. 3. Song No. 4, the hook could be stronger. Song No. 1, change the first verse. Okay, bye.’ Click. And then I redo them and he’s like, ‘Okay, they’re perfect. Send me more.’ So I don’t know what he’s keeping, what he’s getting rid of, what he’s recording.”Will this be Michael Jackson’s comeback album? Ne-Yo hopes so. “He’s definitely trying,” he said. “He’s trying to get back to a place where people remember why they love Michael Jackson in the first place. In the beginning, you didn’t care about Michael Jackson’s personal life. It was about his dancing and his music. That was why you loved Mike. He’s trying to get back there. And I’m trying to help.”
March 16, 2009“*Vegas superstar Ne-Yo will join with Will.I.Am to complete Michael’s album, which will be released at the same time as the first concerts. Ne-Yo is scheduled to perform in July on one of the open alternating dates at 02 Arena.
And yet will we hear Michael’s comeback album with new songs?
CD review: The Princess And The Frog Soundtrack
March 17, 2010
“For some unknown reason the best part about this whole soundtrack – Ne-Yo’s Never Knew I Needed, which plays over the closing credits – has not been playlisted locally.
On Never Knew I Needed he sounds exactly like Michael Jackson, and the sweet little R n’ B-lite number is more memorable than the rest of Randy Newman’s soundtrack for Disney’s latest animated film.”
Hear to a track №1 Never Knew I Needed Performed by Ne-Yo
Do not be surprised, but Ne-Yo, Beyonce and Christina Aguilera is also in the catalog Sony/ATV Music Publishing.