Details remain scarce about Rihanna‘s new album — even after a gaffe last week whereby Def Jam France teased new information about a big announcement that has yet to materialize. But at least one thing is now clear about the Bajan chanteuse’s upcoming seventh studio release: She’ll be teaming up once more with her occasional collaborator Ne-Yo.
He discussed his working relationship with RiRi in a recent video while promoting his new album R.E.D. (For the record, R.E.D. has nothing to do with Taylor Swift‘s upcoming album Red — Ne-Yo’s R.E.D. is an acronym that stands for ”Realizing Every Dream.” Because sometimes “YOLO” just isn’t enough.) Read on to find out more about the pair’s latest collaboration.
“I was just recently in the studio doing some stuff with Rihanna,” Ne-Yo confirmed. “The thing is, I never know what’s going to be kept, what she’s going to hold onto, what’s going to fall by the wayside… I know I got one or two on the album that she’s definitely keeping, but the rest is to be determined.”
Ne-Yo and Rihanna duetted on her 2007 single “Hate That I Love You,” and he co-wrote her single “Take a Bow” as well as her Rated R album standout “Stupid In Love” — so we know they have solid creative chemistry. But Ne-Yo reportedly also worked with her back in 2010 on tracks that never saw the light of day.
If you’re in the market for a Ne-Ri renaissance, cross your fingers that these studio sessions, at least, proved to be more fruitful.