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    A lot of male celebrities are checking out Rihanna, and so is Trey Songz — but not like that.

    The R&B crooner finds inspiration in Rihanna's meteoric rise. Her 2007 smash "Umbrella" established her apart from the typical singers on the scene, and Songz thinks he's poised for that same breakthrough moment with his latest CD, "Ready."

    "Somebody else could have sang that song but it wouldn't have been what it was (if it wasn't) for Rihanna ... just would have been a whole different moment for her — exactly where I am right now," he said.

    Songz, 25, is enjoying his greatest success with his latest album. His racy song "I Invented Sex" hit the No. 1 spot on the R&B charts, while another hit, "Say Aah," is steadily rising. And "Ready" is nominated for best contemporary R&B album at the Grammy Awards on Jan. 31 in a category that also features Beyonce and Jamie Foxx.

    "The records moreso defined me than any other album I had," he said. "I feel as though anybody can have hit records, like a hit song could be sang by anyone, but you know when you find what it is that your niche is, like a song like 'I Invented Sex' — I don't feel like anyone else could have sang that song."

    Gail Mitchell, a senior editor at Billboard, says Songz's rise has been a steady one.

    "I think now a small circle of folks knew what he was about and understood it and it's just gotten a little bigger with each album," she said.

    "Ready" was released in late August, and now the disc is some 40,000 units shy from reaching gold status, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's his best-selling album to date. Four of its songs have reached the top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart; three have peaked in the Top 5.

    "I feel as though I've always had great records, but somewhere on the rise to stardom it was something not interpreted to the fan," said Songz, who will go on tour with Jay-Z and Young Jeezy in February. "I feel as though the Internet has done a lot ... helping me with that, the Twitters, Facebooks, things of that nature."

    Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Neverson, debuted in 2005 with the CD "I Gotta Make It." His sophomore effort, 2007's "Trey Day," had a hit with the Grammy-nominated groove "Can't Help But Wait."

    "Ready" can be viewed as a sign of his growing maturity. The singer has traded in his sneakers and T-shirts for tailored pants, tasteful shoes and a chic vest. He also chopped off his braids. The new look is something his producer and mentor, Troy Taylor, calls a "drastic change" — and a needed one.

    "Trey's from the streets, he's a hood kid. He wasn't glamorous and (didn't have) the finer things in life growing up," said Taylor, who has worked with the Virginia native since he was 14 and produced for artists like Boyz II Men and Aretha Franklin.

    "He didn't want to lose his street-ism," Taylor explained. "As he grew into it I think he began to realize, 'Wait a minute, this ain't that bad after all,' and then he got the ladies' opinions."

    While Songz already had a strong female base, "Ready" has helped take it to a new level.

    With songs like "I Invented Sex," some would say the singer is playing up sexy for sales and publicity. Songz disagrees.

    "I feel like I've always played toward sexual innuendoes in my music ... I think it's just being highlighted now," he said. "I always find it important to know and show people that I do have records of substance as well."

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on January 22, 2010 - 1:02pm

A lot of male celebrities are checking out Rihanna, and so is Trey Songz — but not like that.

The R&B crooner finds inspiration in Rihanna's meteoric rise. Her 2007 smash "Umbrella" established her apart from the typical singers on the scene, and Songz thinks he's poised for that same breakthrough moment with his latest CD, "Ready."

"Somebody else could have sang that song but it wouldn't have been what it was (if it wasn't) for Rihanna ... just would have been a whole different moment for her — exactly where I am right now," he said.

Songz, 25, is enjoying his greatest success with his latest album. His racy song "I Invented Sex" hit the No. 1 spot on the R&B charts, while another hit, "Say Aah," is steadily rising. And "Ready" is nominated for best contemporary R&B album at the Grammy Awards on Jan. 31 in a category that also features Beyonce and Jamie Foxx.

"The records moreso defined me than any other album I had," he said. "I feel as though anybody can have hit records, like a hit song could be sang by anyone, but you know when you find what it is that your niche is, like a song like 'I Invented Sex' — I don't feel like anyone else could have sang that song."

Gail Mitchell, a senior editor at Billboard, says Songz's rise has been a steady one.

"I think now a small circle of folks knew what he was about and understood it and it's just gotten a little bigger with each album," she said.

"Ready" was released in late August, and now the disc is some 40,000 units shy from reaching gold status, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's his best-selling album to date. Four of its songs have reached the top 10 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop singles chart; three have peaked in the Top 5.

"I feel as though I've always had great records, but somewhere on the rise to stardom it was something not interpreted to the fan," said Songz, who will go on tour with Jay-Z and Young Jeezy in February. "I feel as though the Internet has done a lot ... helping me with that, the Twitters, Facebooks, things of that nature."

Songz, whose real name is Tremaine Neverson, debuted in 2005 with the CD "I Gotta Make It." His sophomore effort, 2007's "Trey Day," had a hit with the Grammy-nominated groove "Can't Help But Wait."

"Ready" can be viewed as a sign of his growing maturity. The singer has traded in his sneakers and T-shirts for tailored pants, tasteful shoes and a chic vest. He also chopped off his braids. The new look is something his producer and mentor, Troy Taylor, calls a "drastic change" — and a needed one.

"Trey's from the streets, he's a hood kid. He wasn't glamorous and (didn't have) the finer things in life growing up," said Taylor, who has worked with the Virginia native since he was 14 and produced for artists like Boyz II Men and Aretha Franklin.

"He didn't want to lose his street-ism," Taylor explained. "As he grew into it I think he began to realize, 'Wait a minute, this ain't that bad after all,' and then he got the ladies' opinions."

While Songz already had a strong female base, "Ready" has helped take it to a new level.

With songs like "I Invented Sex," some would say the singer is playing up sexy for sales and publicity. Songz disagrees.

"I feel like I've always played toward sexual innuendoes in my music ... I think it's just being highlighted now," he said. "I always find it important to know and show people that I do have records of substance as well."

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Kiesha Minaj's picture

ii freakn luv trey songz he voiice iisz liiik musiic to mha earsz
mizzcreativity's picture

yep-it's official-tremaine IS READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD!-and it keeps gettin better.....-according to my girl Christina [Augilera]-you get it, baby!- love your fine self!- you just keep doing what you do- and the heck with the haters- just do and be you!- love you!-mizzcreativity
tish369's picture

Trey I love the tribute u and Tyrese and Johnny did for the O jays and I loved ur performance on Monique, that song I invented sex, oh I just love that song. Thank you, keep up the good work that u r doing. Much Love and Respect LadyT
Trey'sLady_3's picture

Yeahh he's Right !! Trey I love you
lilymichelle's picture

Trey is finally getting to where he should be. I think it takes people a little while to understand "Hey, he's a beautiful &talented singer...we should follow him." I've been on the ride for a while now & I've gotta say it's the smartest thing I've ever done. I love Trey!
OhNaira's picture

i agree with Trey. Rihanna's hit "Umbrella" was tailor made for her just as Trey Songz hit "Invented Sex" was made for him. Can't nobody sing those songs like they did.
LaDiSongZ09's picture

I am genuinely proud of you Trey Songz! I am a big and consistant fan of yours and you have truly been slept on for so long! I am glad that you are reaping succes with your passion and I will continue to wish good things for you and support you. I have been here since Just Gotta Make all the way til Ready....I love you Trey you are my icon my idol and someone I look up to. Keep ding your thing and the fans will be behind you every step. :D
SHANTIA's picture

Congratulations! I've been riding wit you form the word go! Was bumping Jus gotta make it when it came out! All your CD have been top notch. Records that you can listen to from the beginning to the end EVERY song is a winner and thats rare nowadays!! I don't know why you've been slept on soo long but I'm glad they finally waking up! You deserve this!! Loves ya!
Kristian_Tiana's picture

I'm so proud of Trey!! I have to admit that I was sleeping on Trey when "Gotta Make It" came out.. But I've been down with him since "Trey Day"!! I encourage Trey to keep up the GREAT work! Love this guy! :o)
chrystal_chioma's picture

congrats!!!

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