Ne-Yo is easily one of the biggest music producers in the game. Besides his own massive career, the hitmaker has worked behind the scenes to create chart-toppers for artists like Beyonce, Celine Dion and Rihanna.
ETonline caught up with the R&B crooner before he hit the stage at the Avalon Hollywood on Tuesday for a special concert as part of McDonald's imlovinit24 initiative where he shared which music heavyweight he's dying to work with.
"[I'm] loving what's going on with Sam Smith
right now," the 35-year-old said. "Waiting for Adele
to come back. I heard she's about to get into the studio. I'd love to get in and do some stuff with her."
While a collaboration with Sam or Adele is enough to blow our minds, Ne-Yo also revealed that he is a huge fan of Ed Sheeran and the two have talked about getting together for a future project.
It's no small coincidence that the artists he hopes to work with one day are from the U.K. "It seems like over there the focus is on the music and the artistry," he explained. "Whereas [in America] we kind of get caught up more a little bit in the controversy, the scandal, the back story, the imaging and all of that."
One frequent collaborator of Ne-Yo's is Mr. Worldwide himself, Pitbull. Their most recent top 10 hit "Time of Our Lives" is the second time the duo have appeared on a track together--following the massive success of their no. 1 single "Give Me Everything."
"It's me and Pit's second time working together and definitely not our last," he explained. "I don’t know, maybe it’s our appreciation for suits but for whatever reason it just works." As to whether we can expect a Ne-Yo/Pitbull joint album, Ne-Yo says that "may be too much but definitely plan on hearing us on another song together. Maybe we'll do a tour or something."
Ne-Yo recently partnered with McDonald's to bring moments of joy to 24 cities in 24 hours. "They kicked it off in Australia and ended it here tonight at the Avalon," he said. As part of the event, the singer debuted his new single “Everyday With Love” which was inspired by lyrics from fans. "We basically told people to send thoughts and ideas that inspire love," he explained. "We then took those ideas and put them in a big pot and mixed it up and turned it into a song."
You can take a listen to the new track below.
Be sure to watch the full video to find out Ne-Yo's go-to dance move. The singer is put through the ringer in our #ETFastFive and also describes his first kiss.