While Lady Gaga has worked with everyone from RedOne and Akon to Teddy Riley and Rodney Jerkins, she sticks to a pretty tight-knit group of collaborators when it comes to her albums, including the forthcoming Born This Way. But that doesn’t mean singer/songwriter Ne-Yo hasn’t been trying to get in the studio with the “Bad Romance” songstress.
“We’ve been talking to Gaga’s people about some stuff,” he said. “Gaga’s very difficult to get a hold of as of late, for obvious reasons. She’s very busy. We’ve been talking to her people about doing some stuff.”
Ne-Yo is best known for working with artists like Rihanna and Beyoncé and crafting pop-influenced R&B tunes. So how would he apply his hitmaking formula to the dance queen’s music? “I have no idea! That’s kind of the intriguing thing that I have no idea what that song would sound like,” he said. “Like, would I jump into her world? Would I pull her into mine? I don’t know, but I feel like it would be interesting to see. Maybe we should get a camera crew over when that happens.”
While a Gaga collabo isn’t a sure thing, Ne-Yo has confirmed that he’s working with Beyoncé on her next album.
“The thing about working with Beyoncé is that she definitely has her own agenda,” the “Irreplaceable” songwriter said. “She’s an artist that knows exactly what she wants to do.
“She’s going to give you directions [like] ‘Here’s where I’m going, so here’s where I need you to be,’ ” Ne-Yo explained. “And, you know, I’m a person that follows direction well. [And she’ll be like], ‘So this is the sound, this is the vibe; make it happen.’ And I write and she likes it or she doesn’t. And in this case she did, and there you have it.”