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TheBVX.com: Trey Songz on 'MTV Unplugged,' Jay-Z & His New Album

on April 13, 2010 - 9:34am

Since the 2009 release of his third album "Ready," R&B singer Trey Songz and his tenor have become ubiquitous. TheBVX caught up with the Virginia native to discuss his upcoming "MTV Unplugged" performance, forthcoming album and whether there's any truth to the Jay-Z, Young Jeezy and Songz super group rumors.

How does it feel to be the biggest male R&B artist out right now?
Trey Songz: There comes a time in everybody's career where they peak and are more relevant than others at the moment. It means a lot to me but I try to live in the moment and make sure it remains factual. As far as pressure, if there wasn't any, it wouldn't be fun.

When did MTV approach you about performing on the "MTV Unplugged" series?
TS: MTV actually approached me while I was on the BP3 tour with Young Jeezy and Jay-Z and they wanted to film the show the day after the tour ended. That was too quick for me because for "Unplugged," I needed time to prepare and make sure that the show was special and different than what I was already doing. Ultimately, I still didn't have much time to get ready but it was a great experience and opportunity.

What made your "Unplugged" performance different than your BP3 tour show?
TS: For the tour, I had a 30 minute set. Since I was touring hip-hop acts, mainly touring in arenas, the tracks had to be hip-hop driven. Even with my R&B songs, we had to make sure they were felt in a different way. But with "Unplugged" [the performance] is mainly acoustic, so I brought along a percussionist, added some violinists and a string section. We brought a baby grande piano too so there were more changes to the music, how I sang the songs and the way the songs felt.

Read the full interview at TheBVX.com!

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COMPLEX.com: Trey Songz Talks Complex Fashion Shoot and Musical Influences

on April 12, 2010 - 7:27pm


When Tremaine Neverson, better known to us as Trey Songz, dropped his debut album Just Gotta Make It back in 2005, many decided he would be the one out of the other two R&B newcomers (Chris Brown and Ne-Yo) to fall to the wayside. And we couldn’t really blame them. Despite a strong single, dude didn’t dance, wasn’t penning smash hits for pop artists, and he favored baggy jeans and Timbs over fitted denim and tailored shirts.

But looky here. Five years later, Trey is all but running R&B. While his contemporaries were getting arraigned and writing Disney showtunes, Trey bettered his craft, matured his image (no more corn rows and timbs) and found his lane. Turn on any urban radio, sit for about an hour and you’ll hear at least one of the three singles from his third album Ready. By now you’ve seen our April/May Trey Songz fashion feature, and you’ve learned how to get the look. Now hear what Trey thinks of his new image, his current spot in the game, and why he can’t be put into any kind of musical box…

Complex: How’d you feel about the looks for the shoot?
Trey Songz: I liked them a lot, we put a lot of different things together. I felt that the fashion was very new for me but still along the lines of what I’ve been doing, with a more mature look. I don’t really see a lot of people doing what we did.

Complex: Were there any pages that stood out for you as favorites?
Trey Songz: Man, we had so many good ones. I loved the shots with the suitcase and the ones with the shirt sleeves rolled up like I had a pack of cigarettes in there or something. I don’t love one look more than the other though.

Complex: Speaking of suitcases, we included a lot of accessories in your shoot. In life, what items do you always have with you?
Trey Songz: Before I cut my hair I used to have a lot of hats. But I’ve changed my whole image, my whole style. I’m big on watches and I don’t know how many I own but I don’t do too many accessories. I don’t really do glasses. It’s a good look but I’m not big on wearing clear glasses for fashion. And I don’t wear too many shades because my fans love to see my eyes.

Complex: Right. [Laughs.]
Trey Songz: For real! [laughs] I wear sunglasses and I get asked to take them off.

Click HERE to read the full interview by Damien Scott on COMPLEX.com!

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Exclusive Pics of Trey's VIBE Cover Reveal and Show at Roseland Ballroom!

on April 8, 2010 - 2:12pm

Photo Credit: Kari Culver

Check out exclusive pics of Trey's VIBE cover reveal and performance shots at his sold out show at Roseland Ballroom in NYC! Peep the rest of the pics in Trey's photo gallery!

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MTV.com Exclusive: Trey Songz Eyeing September 14 Release Date For New Album

on April 8, 2010 - 11:08am

How may ladies want to come home with Trigga ... again? Trey Songz is returning with a new album this fall, according to his manager, Kevin Liles.

"September 14th, new album. He's not gonna stop," Liles said last week during a sit-down with MTV News to promote Def Jam Rap Star. "He's gonna keep his foot on people's necks, and he's going to make sure they understand that we have to redefine R&B. We have to go work hard every single day to be the best."

Liles, a record executive with Def Jam and Warner Music Group, decided to come out of the "big suite" last year to concentrate on other business ventures. He was approached by Songz to help take the singer to the next level, and their mission was accomplished. Songz's star is its brightest ever and the hits keep coming.

"Every day, this kid inspires me," Liles said. "You know, that's one of the reasons why I got back into it, because I wasn't going to get back into it. I said, 'I did it. I cannot [go back].' I felt like I was starting to have the Michael Jordan syndrome, you know what I mean? What more? I scored 40 points, and you guys still feel I ain't doing it. It's like I scored 90 points, I said I don't want to be in that business, I just want to be great. But he said, 'Kev, we need you. You know we need you.' So I'm in it full blown with him. September 14th, he'll be back. He's doing a theater tour coming up in August. He's doing the BET Awards. The "MTV Unplugged," which is amazing, sold out Roseland by itself, 3,000 people. It's just a blessing to work with young talent."

Read the full post at MTV.com

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Exclusive VIBE Outtake Gallery and Behind the Scenes Video!

on April 7, 2010 - 7:35pm


For his first VIBE cover, Trey Songz reinvented sex once again. If you've caught your breath from the stunning cover image, check out this behind-the-scenes video from the shoot, as well as photos that were too hot for print. Click HERE to check them out now!

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