We caught up with the singer for a brief chat at a private Buckhead party as part of his “Champagne Life” event series sponsored by Moet Rose.
Q: Let’s talk about this reported engagement and your child on the way.
Ne-Yo: Well, there is no engagement. I wish everybody would stop saying that. The baby is very healthy; we went to the doctor today. They say I should put January on my calendar because that's the time my baby should be here.
Q: Do you have a name picked out?
Ne-Yo: We like "Madeline." We're still searching around, but "Madeline" is what we agree on. There's no meaning behind the name; it's just an elegant name.
Q: What’s your reaction to the recent lawsuit involving your no-show in Seattle?
Ne-Yo: I've got no response to that. That's something legal that is going on right now so I can't speak on that this second, but as soon as everything is cleared up and I can speak on it, I will. (Note: It was reported on August 25 that Ne-Yo lost a $156,000 lawsuit, including $24,000 in punitive damages, brought on by a Maryland booking agent who claimed he lost quarter of a million dollars and received death threats from upsets patrons because of the no-show.)
Q: So how is this new collaboration with Beyonce coming?
Ne-Yo: (After a good chuckle) It's coming along nicely. I can't speak too much on it, but it's another direction for her, and she's carving out her own niche. In a minute nobody will be in Beyonce's lane. They really can't get in her lane now, but they really can't get in her lane after this album. (Note: Ne-Yo collaborated with Beyonce in 2006 for her "B'day" CD. He helped pen "Irreplaceable," which became one of Beyonce's biggest hits.)
Ne-Yo’s CD “Libra Scale” will be released in stores October 19.