Sunday, February 13, 2011

The-Dream Talks New Album Plans, Justin Bieber Collabo

The singer/songwriter says his next effort should be released 'by August.'
By Jayson Rodriguez

Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/ Getty Images

If anybody knows that the world isn't perfect, it's singer/songwriter The-Dream. Last year, the man behind hit songs by everyone from Mariah Carey ("Touch My Body") to Rihanna ("Umbrella") said he was retiring as an artist, vowing to abide by a threat he'd been teasing about for some time.

"It's the last album, period," The-Dream told MTV News with regard to his Love King project. "I really would like it to be the last one if I could — in a perfect world."

Things haven't exactly gone smooth for The-Dream since that time. He divorced singer/actress Christina Milian amid allegations of adultery and revealed that he thought about suicide during the aftermath of the breakup.

But now, the Grammy-winning producer has revealed that he is hard at work on a new solo effort.

"Everybody's calling for an album now, so I should have one out by August," The-Dream told former MTV host Quddus on Wednesday before the Los Angeles premiere of Justin Bieber's new movie, "Never Say Never."

As of press time, no album title or release date had been confirmed by The-Dream's label, Def Jam Records. The singer, whose own credits include "Nikki," "Rockin' That Thang" and "Make Up Bag," also was hush regarding details.

The-Dream did reveal to Quddus that he's working on Bieber's next record, along with Danja, Kevin Cossom and Kanye West.

"I've been writing, just to get ready," he said about the teen sensation's upcoming effort. He teased that the sound of the new material was "somewhere between Fergie and Jesus, somewhere in between there. If I can get away with edgy, I would love it."

The-Dream also recently hit the studio with reality star Kim Kardashian, with whom he recorded the catchy single "Turn It Up."

Are you excited that The-Dream is working on a new album and collaborating with Justin Bieber? Tell us in the comments.

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