Ne-Yo Keeps His Pen Hand Strong — Inks Songs For Lindsay Lohan, Jennifer Hudson

By Allen Starbury  |  05/27/2008

Ne-YoNe-Yo has been very busy lately, as he gears up for his third Def Jam album, Year Of The Gentleman, but as most know, he's a songwriter as well, and he's keeping his penmanship sharp.

Recently, via, the singer revealed a slew of songs he's penned as of late, and the one that stands out most is one for tabloid mainstay, Lindsay Lohan, who he's recently worked with.

Although Ne-Yo admits he was surprised the actress reached out to him at first, he was impressed with how the collaboration, called "Bossy," turned out.

"I gotta admit, we were like ... Lindsay Lohan?'" Ne-Yo told Billboard with a laugh. "I mean, I've written for Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Celine Dion and ... Lindsay Lohan? But I will say this; we gave her a quality record and she did a ridiculously fabulous job. 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."

Additionally, he's got several other things out, and coming out soon as well. He wrote for UK import Leona Lewis' hot new album, Spirit, he penned a track for Usher's new album called "Mistakes," and revealed that he's landed the first single from Jennifer Hudson's upcoming debut.

The single for Hudson is called "Spotlight," he Ne-Yo says he's "really, really proud" that they wanted it for the single.

"They were really trying to figure out where to take her," he explained to Billboard. "The main issue with Jennifer Hudson is her voice is so huge, so how do you take that and radio-ize it, make it radio-friendly. She can't do ('And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going') every song 'cause you'll eventually be tired of it. So ('Spotlight') is kind of a classy midtempo, and I hope and pray it does well 'cause Jennifer is an amazing talent."

Another big name he may land a song for is Michael Jackson, the singer explained, but said he's submitting songs and doesn't know much more about the project than that.