Ne-Yo and Lohan
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05/28/2008 AT 04:10 PM EDT
Ne-Yo admits he had his doubts about Lindsay Lohan
's vocal talents when he was asked to write a song for her upcoming third album, due later this year.
"I gotta admit, we were like ... 'Lindsay Lohan?'" Ne-Yo tells Billboard
magazine. "I mean, I've written for Beyonce Knowles
, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna
, Celine Dion and ... Lindsay Lohan?"
But after hearing her sing on the track, called "Bossy," Ne-Yo says he and producer Stargate were so impressed that he called Lohan to say how sorry he was for not believing in her. "She did a ridiculously fabulous job," Ne-Yo tells the magazine. "I was so shocked I had to call her and apologize for what I was thinking because she did so good. I think the world is gonna be surprised."
Earlier this month Ne-Yo told PEOPLE
that he and Stargate approached the Lohan project "as a challenge. 'Can we make a song for Lindsay Lohan that people were gonna take seriously?' I think we did it," he said.
Even though Ne-Yo will release his own third album, Year of the Gentleman
, on Aug. 15, he's also writing for other artists including Usher
, Leona Lewis, and Academy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson
– his song "Spotlight" will be the first single off her self-titled debut album, due in September. He has also submitted songs for Michael Jackson's next album, which does not yet have a release date.
Ne-Yo is currently on tour with Alicia
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