Ne-Yo’s fourth album, “Libra Scale,” due Nov. 22 on Compound/Def Jam in the United States, is a high-concept departure for the R&B singer. With a storyline that’s expanded upon in long-form music videos and a new comic book, “Libra Scale” has been preceded by three singles and an extensive marketing campaign.
“Ne-Yo is truly one of the greats, and it has been a privilege to work closely with him, from the early stages of his songwriting career through his extremely successful recording career,” Island Def Jam Music Group chairman Antonio “L.A.” Reid says. “He is a unique artist, not only crafting his own series of brilliantly produced albums, but also providing big songs and hit duets for many of today’s biggest stars.” Here’s a look at the making of — and a listen to — “Libra Scale.”
Ne-Yo says he recorded “a little bit everywhere” during the past two years. Many songs were cut at Circle House Studios in Miami; others in Los Angeles and New York. “Libra Scale” was primarily mixed in Atlanta. The 10 tracks feature nine different producers, including Stargate, Ryan Leslie, Jackpot and D. Dorohn Gough. “I don’t hunt out the super-producer . . . it’s always a matter of who is going to give me what I want sound-wise,” Ne-Yo says.