Q: Can you talk a little bit like when you sit in the room with Britney, what’s your process in terms of getting information out of them and how does it influence your songs?
Ne-Yo: Pretty much the same way that this is going on. You ask questions and you get the answers. As far as Britney, her whole thing was she’s tired of talking about Kevin, tired of comeback songs. She said she has a CD disk changer of 12 CD’s full of Britney’s back songs and she was like, ‘Can I just make a song? Does it have to be my triumphant return every time?’ And you know, I was like, ‘I see your point.’ So I didn’t give her one of those. She’s like, ‘I just want hit records. That’s all.’ So I said, ‘Look, alright.’
Q: Did Columbus [Short] give you any advice about working with her because I know he choreographed?
Ne-Yo: Nah, he didn’t really give me any advice as far as working with her. She’s a lot stronger than people would think and she’s not as – I mean I hate to put it this way – but she’s not as dumb as people think she is. She’s really not, you know. Her whole thing is like, ‘I’m human. I’ve made a bunch of mistakes. Okay, I see that, but goodness gracious, must I be crucified for jaywalking?’ is basically how she looks at it. It’s like ‘They hung me on a cross because I crossed the street. C’mon. What’s going on?’ And it’s true, you know, she’s one of those people where the slightest little thing and it’s like, “Oh my god, Britney’s a crack addict. Wow!’
Q: Well, out in public without her drawers on and showing it is more than a little …
Ne-Yo: I don’t know if that was purposely done but I mean, you know, she’s … I don’t know. I’m not gonna sit here and make no excuses for Britney.
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