Ne-Yo has confirmed that two songs on the recently leaked alleged tracklist of Beyonce’s upcoming fifth album are written by him.
The R&B singer who also co-wrote Beyoncé’s 2006 hit “Irreplaceable,” revealed the scoop to Digital Spy.
Although Ne-Yo didn’t confirm the titles of the songs he wrote, he said he was “happy” to have two songs on the record after seeing the alleged leaked tracklist that surfaced online earlier this week.
The 30-year-old added: “I saw that Beyoncé’s tracklisting just leaked and I’ve got a couple of joints on there, which is good news. I’m very happy about that.”
As to the burning question of whether the leaked tracklist is the real article, Ne-Yo mused, “I don’t know, I mean you never really can tell until the album comes out.”
The “Turn Around” singer, who has written hits for artists such as Celine Dion and Rihanna, spoke a little about working with Beyoncé: “I’ve heard some songs from the album so I knew what direction I should be going in.”
Elaborating, Ne-Yo explains: “The last thing you want to do is write a song that makes no sense with the direction of the album, so she let me hear some stuff so I knew where to aim.”
“I can’t say much else as I’ve been sworn to secrecy! I’m actually happy that no songs have leaked from it yet. Hopefully this is a sign for the future – that music can come out when it’s actually supposed to come out.”
Among the songs on the ‘tracklist’ were titles such as “Rachet,” rumored to be a collaboration with Lady Gaga and Azealia Banks, also “Rollercoaster,” a Justin Timberlake duet, and a possible Rihanna feature on “Dance (I’m Soon Over).”
Currently prepping for “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour,” during which the Houston native is expected to debut cuts from her new album, anticipation for tickets is so high the UK leg sold out in 12 minutes.
During a recent guest spot on “RapFix Live,” Beyoncé collaborator The-Dream said of the album: “There’s no particular sound that I think we’re shooting for, we’re just trying to make music that feels good.”
“If you seen the HBO thing, which was great, we had been talking about doing something that showcases who she is and what she wants because we see those figures that are so out of the stratosphere,” he continued.
“The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” kicks off April 15 in Belgrade, Serbia, before concluding at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on August 5.
Beyonce’s representatives have offered no comment on the tracklist’s veracity.